Victim or Hero?
Life is not fair! No matter your intentions, your actions, or your achievements, most often, life is not fair. We all have certain expectations, on ourselves and others. Sometimes these expectations aren’t realistic. Most of us are too hard on ourselves. We would never put such high expectations on others as we do on ourselves. Life happens no matter what our efforts or plans are. The playing field is far from level!
Some are born in to poverty with no way out. Others are born in to wealth or trust funds, where they don’t ever have to work. Some are born deformed or with disease or limitations, while others are born totally healthy. Some have a loving and supportive family and others don’t. Some have amazing abilities, where others are very limited. Some souls are very kind, caring, and compassionate. Others are selfish, cruel, and narcissistic. Different beliefs, cultures, and world views can be drastic.
What does this all mean to you and I? What responsibilities do we each have? Should we care? I believe every soul has to look within to see what convictions are on their hearts. I also believe that we all have responsibilities to each other. “We are our brothers’ keepers!” We need to keep our side of the street clean no matter what anyone else does. I know that my responsibility is to live a spirit-centered life, no matter what. I believe that we do have a responsibility to help those less fortunate than we are.
Sometimes it doesn’t matter what you do, you will fall victim. Look at that fateful morning of September eleventh. Hundreds kissed their families goodbye as they left for work, like any other Tuesday morning. Because of the beliefs and actions of others they never made it back home. How about the millionaires that win the giant prize in the lottery drawing, is that fair? How about the very wealthy getting the best tax breaks? Life just seems to happen without rhyme or reason.
The truth is that it doesn’t do any good to stand back and say not fair! If we all do our own part to make this a better world, it will become a better world. It’s all about attitude, choices, and action. You may think that one person can’t change this world. Tell that to Martin Luther King’s family, or JFK’s family, or think about Gandhi. In another sense look at what Hitler, Nero, or Idi Amin Dada did to the world.
We each have to ask ourselves, what do I want my legacy to be? What did I do with this amazing gift of life? What kind of world will I leave for younger generations? I once heard a man say, “Acceptance turns a victim in to a hero!” What he meant by acceptance was doing something about the problem. I heard another man say, “To tolerate it, is to teach it!” If I sit around a table with people who are making prejudice comments, even if I don’t say anything, I am just as guilty as they are. I have choices. I could get up and leave, say something, or just sit there.
I believe most people are good, compassionate, and caring by nature. Some let fear, peer pressure, or low self-esteem keep them trapped in selfishness, inaction, and bad actions. We all have free will. What are you going to do to make the word a better place? What do you say, let’s feed the hungry, house the homeless, help the needy, and show compassion to our neighbors. Let’s change this world!