“Now I don’t know about you, but I showed up on this planet as a happy little boy who liked myself. But it didn’t take long to learn that the people in authority knew more about me than I did. I learned that I needed to pay attention and that it was the teachers who were going to tell me how good I was in school. The coaches were gonna decide if I had any athletic ability. I learned early on to look outside myself for who I was.”
– Terry McBride
My Food For Thought Friday series is typically a post where I offer thoughts for you to ponder and draw your own conclusions from. Today’s post is no different, but it took me a while to wrap my head around the topic, and then word it that way. In fact, this is probably the most challenging post I’ve written to-date.
I’ve only ever written about politics once. I choose not to write about politics for the same reason that Mother Teresa didn’t participate in anti-war demonstrations – we give energy to what we focus on, thereby bringing it into our experience, and I don’t want to bring the political bag of “goodies” into my experience. I prefer to write about things like spreading kindness, and lifting each other up.
Throughout this grueling, seemingly never-ending U.S presidential election campaign, that is thankfully nearing its end, I’ve heard a lot of people talk about how they don’t like either candidate. That has led many to consider voting against someone or something, rather than voting for someone who they feel represents their thoughts and beliefs.
Voting against something gives energy to the very thing you don’t want.
A friend sent me a video last night with a final appeal to immigrant Americans of our parents’ generation to vote against hate, and asked that I share it if I agreed with the message.
At first, I was hesitant to pass it on for the reasons I mentioned above. Then I thought about the fact that I’m a child of immigrants who paved the path for people like me to have a better future, by showing their fellow country folk that we are all the same, no matter what your color, gender or dogma is.
We are a Divine Beings whose very essence is love. Our basic invariable nature is love.
I spent some time trying to figure out how I could share the video by giving energy to what I do want to bring into my experience. Just before I went to bed last night, I set the intention that I would find the right words, the right message to share it – a message of positivity, love and joy.
I woke up this morning, watched the video again, and I had my answer. The part that resonated with me was right around the 0:27 – 0:45 second mark. It wasn’t about being against someone or something, it was about being for America’s greatness.
Tell them to focus on what they do want. On their dreams. The American Dream.
“The American Dream is a…set of ideals…which…includes the opportunity for prosperity and success…achieved through hard work in a society with few barriers…life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement regardless of social class or circumstances of birth.”
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People like Ralph Lauren, a child of immigrants, who had to share a bedroom with two of his brothers, while his father painted houses for a living. He’s now a household name, world-wide. That’s the American Dream.
People like Vinod Dham, who landed in America with $8 in his pocket, and went on to become “Father of the Pentium Chip.” That’s the American Dream.
People like Indra Nooyi, who came to America as a young student to pursue an MBA at Yale university. She worked hard to make her dream a reality. Today she’s Pepsico’s CEO. That’s the American Dream.
How about Julie Aigner-Clark, a stay-at-home mom, who grew her small business out of her basement, and eventually sold her multi-million dollar company, Baby Einstein, to Disney. That’s the American Dream.
Synchronicity Snippet: The Statue of Liberty was the first view of the U.S. for many immigrants, signifying new opportunities in life. Lady Liberty is an iconic symbol of the American Dream.
America is a land of greatness. It’s a land of opportunity for dreamers, believers, and creators.
Don’t let anyone tell you who you are. Vote for your dream.
I’m a dreamer, believer, and conscious creator, and I approve my message.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!