I’ve been around a while, I’ve paid attention, and recent events have stunned me. The division in our country, the lockdown, the shifting of political morays, the violence in the streets… these things can be disheartening and unsettling.
As people, we have our views and beliefs. We’ll vote our values and take whatever actions we feel necessary, of course.
But here’s my question…
As Claus Portrayal Artists is there anything we can do individually or collectively to help make things better?
I believe the answer is a resounding… YES!
Most of us have at least 1 thing in common, and it’s not a white beard, or a big belly, many Santas have neither of those.
What MOST of us DO have in common is a warm heart… We’re caring, we’re thoughtful, we’re kind and generous.
Is there a way we can use these character traits to sow seeds of kindness and harmony?
Can we be exemplars of kindness… even, or especially, with those we disagree with?
Can we be exemplars of acceptance, integrity, and goodness?
Here’s what I believe…
If we want to bring compassion, acceptance, and love into the world, we must begin with ourselves. We must BE compassionate, accepting, and loving.
It’s also worth remembering that even though we live in the digital age, we are not required to share our beliefs or emotions in public, and certainly, there is no reason to stay in groups, or stay ‘friends’ with people who are divisive, rude, inconsiderate or demeaning to others… and yes, there are some people with those character traits in the Claus community.
Being a beacon of love & light in whatever we’re doing has a ripple effect.
As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”
Take a breath before responding. Ask yourself: Am I being a beacon of light and love or am I spewing darkness and hate? Is there a better way to get my message across? Do I need to respond at all?
I know you and I want more light and love in this world. Let’s embody it with our words, our thoughts, and our actions.
Let’s BE kind. Let’s BE the change. Let’s BE a beacon of light & love. LET’S BE CLAUS-LIKE.