If you’ve ever been to New York City, you know what’s up with the pigeons.
They have no shame.
Though I have respect for all the creatures of the Universe, pigeons have to be one of the grimiest feathered animals on the planet.
In a short span of time, they can literally create a real crappy situation.
You can always tell a non-New Yorker because they commit the Cardinal sin –
They feed the pigeons.
The process proceeds like a movie in slow motion.
One or two birds gracefully fly in.
Then three or four more freeloaders swoop down.
By the time the swarm shows up, it’s too late.
You’re in an Alfred Hitchcock flick.
This is where we find ourselves in our country.
An act of political defiance shows up and we start feeding it with our angry words and vengeful thoughts.
Facebook feeds and media coverage act like dump trucks of bread crumbs that attract more and more foolishness.
Soon we find ourselves shaking our heads in disbelief over the frustrations that seem to escalate every day without acknowledging our contribution to it.
We tune in and keep ratings up.
We post negative commentary.
We help maintain the status quo that it’s us against them and them against us.
It was Albert Einstein who correctly stated that “Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.”
It is not until we can all take responsibility for being both the victim and the perpetrator that our world will begin to change.
Have we ever made a biased judgement about someone?
Have we ever acted out of unjustified fear?
These thoughts and actions are not held captive in our individual minds and hearts.
There are no secret feelings or emotions.
They are part of the collective consciousness that makes violence possible.
The wonderful news is that we can also make peace possible.
By healing ourselves of our own negative tendencies, judgments and biases, we consciously create an environment that simply cannot support anymore hatred.
When we are clear about who we are and what we’re here to do, it gets harder and harder to get swept up in ebbs and flows of the world.
This is the step I’m taking.
I invite those who are ready to join me.
If you don’t feed the pigeons, they fly away.
Committed to your brilliance,