Affirmation: I fully recognize and appreciate the gift of living in a free country and having the right to make my choices known.
I pray daily for wisdom for our world leaders. There seems to be so many politicians whose only concern is their power and their prestige. Perhaps, that’s why I’m not very passionate about politics. I don’t have much faith in the people who chose to be politicians. I can’t imagine what drives so many of them to put themselves so far out into the public’s eye. I wonder, so often, if it’s not simply a grand ego trip. I want to believe that a person who is running for office is more concerned about me, his or her constituent, than he or she is about themselves.
for some reason it may have brought me a sense of peace. The thought came to me
after listening to our guide that I probably don’t have any Austrian blood in
me. I couldn’t imagine living a life
where I always went around feeling victimized.
How would that improve the quality of my life? I think I’d be a real grump and a very
unhappy person. It certainly wouldn’t
fit in with my concept of creating an intentional life, a life of peace and
love, joy, compassion and gratitude. However, upon more careful consideration,
I realized there have been many times in my life when I found myself feeling
powerless, small and insignificant. At
those moments I did not step up and out.
I did not claim my power and even in the midst of “random
acts” we still have choices. We
still have the opportunity to decide how we perceive our situation and what we
are going to do or not do.
however, I know, with a capital
“K” that I have never experienced the repression and torment that so
many in the world have in the past or are presently experiencing. I probably cannot even imagine the horrors
that are taking place. On our last
evening of this trip, Scott, also affectionately know as “Scotty Boy”
left us all with this advice, “Now that you have traveled this part of the
world, maybe the next time you see or hear of something distressing that they
are experiencing, you will feel a deeper connection, a greater sense of
compassion.” He mentioned that one
way to break down the barriers of prejudice and hatred is to be exposed to another’s
culture. I am hoping that faced with such
struggle, I could muster enough strength perhaps because of my relationship
with my God, that I would not perceive my situation as hopeless.