"If you think you can, you will. If you think you can't, you won't. Either way, you're right."
I had to rewind the movie to hear it again.
"If you think you can, you will.
If you think you can't, you won't. Either way, you're right."
I got on this soapbox today because of some of the things I've been seeing on my social media feeds. Pictures and status updates that reflect some people's confusion, fear, and anger. I don't have an issue with people choosing to express their feelings. I share some of those anxieties as well. I do, however, have an issue with people expressing their feelings through hateful messages, accusations, and labeling. For example, everyone knows Trump and Trump supporters made many offensive remarks concerning sex, race, creed, and orientation. I won't dispute that the things he said were hurtful to a lot of people. But, on the other hand, I then heard people who were hurt by those comments come back to say "Anyone who supports Trump is a racist, a sexist, and a bigot." Those people responded with the same hate they themselves didn't like being thrust upon them. And so the cycle continues. When you step back and look at it, you can see both sides are stepping up to the plate with hate and anger, seeking to defend themselves and bring the other down. From my perspective, both sides are sending equally hateful messages in equally hateful ways. And in this respect, they are now equals.
But to go a step farther, people are now attacking those who speak of hope and faith in the future. Calling them "privileged." Telling them they don't understand the worries and fears of those who were the target of those offensive comments and rhetoric. Yelling at others about the labels and judgments placed upon them and at the same time labeling those who choose to look beyond the fears to faith as "privileged" or "naive." In this instance, those who chose to label in this way are also no better than the people they condemn themselves.
I have hope in our future and I know we can achieve the good the world seeks. The road to that future is through the need for each of us (me included) to start taking responsibility of the things we CAN control and have faith the the things we can't. If you want to call me "privileged" please do. Because I am. I am privileged to have breath in my lungs and a good head on my shoulders. I am privileged to have my family and an environment I can fill with love. I'm privileged to have love and faith that carries me through good times and bad. I am privileged to know that no one has the right to label anyone else regardless of sex, creed, race, orientation, or feelings. Just because you feel hurt, does not give you the right to hurt others. Just because you feel scared, does not give you the right to instill fear in others or threaten others. Just because you feel judged harshly does not give you the right to judge others harshly as well. The feelings you have when someone labels you will be the same feelings you create when you label someone else. Pointing the finger at the initial offender goes no where too. Because who cares who started it? The real question is who will be the first to end it? Only then can real healing begin.
Does this mean we can't express how we feel? Not in the least. But whatever happened to the Golden Rule we were all taught? Please, express your fears and doubts and joys and love and anger and everything else that make us human. But always keep in the back of your mind the respect that each one of us deserves as Human Beings, whether we agree or agree to disagree. Remember to BE and SHOW the respect you deserve to be shown.
So how does the quote earlier play into this?
If you think Hate, you will hate and be hated.
If you think Hurt, you will hurt and be hurt.
If you think Problems, you will find problems.
If you think you're a victim, you will be a victim.
If you think Anger, you will be angry.
If you think in Labels, you will be labeled.
If you think offensive, you will offend.
If you think you don't care, you won't.
If you think to accuse, you will be accused.
If you think to fight, you will be fought.
If you think closed, you will be closed.
If you think division, you will divide.
If you think Love, you will love.
If you think Hope, you will find hope.
If you think forgiveness, you will forgive and be forgiven.
If you think unity, you will unite.
If you think positive, you will find positive things.
If you think compassion, you will be compassionate and understand.
If you think respect, you will be respected.
If you think Solutions, you will find solutions.
Either way, you're right.