Updated: Nov 14
We are what we stand for. If we stand for integrity, compassion and truth then that is what we will demand from the people in our lives. It also applies to our friends, our neighborhoods, our communities and our government. What do we want our world - the world to look like? We are responsible for what shows up in our reality, it is the law of attraction. If we tolerate being in a relationship with someone who treats us poorly then we are teaching those people that our own self-worth is zero and we will put up with it. What do you think happens? More of the same shows up in our existence.
This carries over in other areas of our lives. If we tolerate lying, we are fine with electing liars in government. If we don’t say enough to those who disrespect us, we will tolerate friends or family that cross boundaries or worse, are abusive. If we don’t say, “no, you cannot mistreat me,” we will allow our employers to be inappropriate or worse -- predatory. When we see others being treated horribly, look away and don’t speak up, we elect a narcissist and a bully for a president.
A funny thing happens the more we allow this, we start to become this. Each time a new infraction occurs we go a bit deeper to the dark side. Each time we can’t be bothered by the latest atrocity, we take on the energy of that characteristic and it seeps into our psyche. We get what we tolerate. I would say on some level we even become what we tolerate. Because we know what is right and what is wrong, we can try to pretend all we want that we don’t. We can claim ignorance, we can look the other way and claim it isn’t so bad or that person didn’t really mean what they did, but we know better. You can’t fool yourself, not really. What happens is little by little we end up hating ourselves for not being on the side of integrity. Our self-esteem completely shot and we become that which we despise. That energy then manifests itself.
A famous quote by Ellie Wiesel, author, political activist, and Holocaust survivor says it perfectly, “We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” Another favorite quote from him, “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” These are important words, really think about what those sentences mean. By doing this in our own small way in our own life, carries over in bigger ways – to our community, our government, our country and our world.
We are what we stand for. So take the high road, stand for truth, act with integrity, show up to the world with compassion. I can promise the Universe rewards the good stuff. Karma works either way so why not live a life where you know that your karma is clean. Each day wake up and make that choice and your life will be beautiful.