More Than a Lofty Ideal - Life as Mrs. Wilson

24 January, 2017

More Than a Lofty Ideal

Lately, all I've seen online are harmful and hateful words coming from both sides of the political spectrum, and it is absolutely breaking my heart. I have scrolled through countless posts coming from all sorts of viewpoints, but each share the same hateful tone. It's been troubling to see such an amplified level of bitterness and cruelty suffused across my news feed and I felt it important to share my thoughts on all of this. No, not my political standpoint or how I feel about the new president, but rather, how I feel about the lack of  peace of mind that so many share at this time.

In our world today, we are surrounded by many differing opinions. Leaders and citizens alike struggle to find common ground. We try so hard to dehumanize whichever political party we don't agree with and forget that we are all just people. We are so much more than our opinions. We are our dreams, our hopes, our joys, our successes. We are our triumphs and we are our tragedies. We are more than whatever we label ourselves to be. In fact, we are more than just this world.

Have we forgotten that we are all children of a higher being, a being far greater than us? How have we so easily lost sight of our divine purpose and cause for being here? Truly, we are more than our opinions. Truly, we are more than just here and now.

We came to this earth not to argue or harm or name call or dispute. We came to this earth to give and to guide. To love and to cherish. We came here to be refined. We came here to grow. We came here to help one another as the spiritual brothers and sisters we truly are. We came here to lift each other up so that we can go back to our spiritual home - our real home.

So what are we accomplishing by sharing words we know will offend? We accomplish nothing but a momentary feeling of 'I told you so' and perhaps a like or two from people that agree. This is a destructive choice that pains others and, in reality, pains our Father above. He genuinely loves us. I say this because I feel it within me. I feel the truth that phrase resonates deep within my soul. He loves us. He loves His children - all of His children. He loves His democratic children, He loves His republican children. He loves his Muslim children, His Christian children. He even loves His children that love Him not.

In my religion, we are taught that the essence of the gospel is love. We are also taught that through Christ our Savior, we can always feel peace regardless of our circumstances. Joseph B. Wirthlin has said, "Peace is more than a lofty ideal. Despite dismal conditions in the world...peace within can be a reality. We can be calm and serene regardless of the swirling turmoil all about us." Peace comes as a result of action. As we learn of Christ, listen to His words, and walk with Him, we can achieve the peace that we each desire.

So be a little kinder (or a lot kinder) to those you don't agree with. Have hope that others will do the same. Know that through Christ, you can be calm and peaceful despite the tumultuous times we live in. Forget not your true purpose in this existence. Be loving, be peaceful. This world isn't as bad as we tend to think it is when we remember who so lovingly created it for us - all of us. Love your neighbor - especially the one you disagree with. Find joy, share goodness, and seek the peace in this world, because I know it is still there.

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