Daily Video Affirmation #31 – Mass Shooting Affirmation

This weekend’s shootings are again a wake up call that we have a lot of work to do bring about the society we want. They’re a reminder that mindsets and beliefs do matter and when a person convinces themselves they have a right to harm others because of their mindsets, it crosses a line that we will not tolerate as a society.

Horrific events like this are not just about the shooters and the victims, though. They quickly become about all of us and the kind people we are and the kind of society we want to be.

Hatred and anger are as easy as falling off a log. Any person can get mad, get angry, and add to the destruction. It takes wisdom, courage, and enlightenment to vibe higher in circumstances like these. Some say it’s weak or pointless. They claim we must get angry and get even. I disagree. That’s what’s been driving humanity for the past 10,000 years. That’s the energy that has created this world and mindsets that allow someone to walk into place with other human beings and start shooting them. If we want change, we must be the ones – you and me – to say no more! We must be the ones to change the vibration in our lives, in our communities, online, and around the world.

Today’s affirmation is about encouraging you maintain a higher vibration in the face of these events. No words can bring back the dead or comfort those who lost loved ones. The best way to honor them is to create world where such actions are unthinkable.

It’s another opportunity to be the change you want to see in the world!

Ray

Image: St. Louis Public Radio

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Protect Your Belief in the Goodness of Humanity – Day 199 of 365 Days to a Better You

Turn on the evening news and you will immediately be given 30 minutes of reasons to fear, mistrust, and despise humanity. Go on Twitter for an hour and you’ll quickly find people absolutely willing to say anything, tear down anything or anyone. It’s all enough to make you lose faith in humanity.

Throw in the occasional big company greed swooping into your life to take something from you and you’re liable to right off the deep end with Mark Twain who once wrote, ““Well, there are times when one would like to hang the whole human race and finish the farce.”

I get it. I feel it sometimes myself. The greed, selfishness, and lack of compassion is enough to make you want to scream.

Stop! Look around you. See the kindness going on everywhere in your world today. See people doing selfless things. See people going the extra mile without any benefit to themselves.

I think we’ve been taught to tune into the negative “stations” of human activity by the popular culture. It has caused us to lose sight of the thousand thoughtful, loving, joyful things people have done for every heinous act.

It really comes down to which you choose to notice, focus on, and buy into. Yes. Ugly things happen in the world every day. We can be a savage, juvenile species. However, there’s a beauty and an amazing potential that lives within us too.

Which wolf wins? As the old Native American tale says about the two wolves reminds us, “the one we feed.” Seeing a happier world makes a happier you.

Be the amazing person you are today and notice all the amazing people and selfless acts that literally fill the world. You’ll restore you faith in humanity.

Ray

Beyond the Survivor China Finale – The Affirmation Spot for Monday December 17, 2007

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Today’s affirmation is:

“Today I am succeeding in life without compromising my values.”

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Last night was the season finale of America’s favorite reality show – Survivor. I am a passive fan of the show. My wife really enjoys it and so I wind up watching about half the episodes each season with her.

For those of you who are regular viewers, you know all about the final tribal council. Let me catch up those readers who don’t watch the show. The goal of the show is to become the sole survivor and to win $1 million.

On the final show each season, the jury – comprised of the last seven people voted out – has an opportunity to question the final three survivors as to why each deserves the jury’s vote for the million dollars.

Invariably, the subject of deceit and lying comes up. The accepted wisdom of the show is that these characteristics are necessary to advance in the game. Generally, those players who are most adept at duplicity and use it without compunction are contenders to win the show.

The jury is comprised of people victimized by the treachery. Often they are understandably bitter and chastise the finalists for this behavior. The response is always the same. “Hey, it was just ‘game’. It’s not who I really am outside the game.”
Afterall, lying, cheating, stealing, and stabbing in the back are not only the norm in the game, but the only way to have a chance to win.

The Survivor book of wisdom says that honesty, concern for others, and integrity are characteristics that demonstrate weakness and are likely to get you eliminated.

This season, as is often the case, the biggest schemer in the game was awarded the million dollars. At the end of the day, the jury normally recognizes and rewards that person’s behavior. The jury develops A kind of awe of the person’s ability to “play the game”.

The message is clear. It is not that the game should have been conducted more honorably, but that whatever expedient means are necessary to win, are acceptable. Vice becomes virtue.

Of course, ‘the game’ in survivor is only a thinly veiled reference to the game of life we all play every day. The fact that these values are rewarded in a microcosm representing our world is troubling. This is a highly popular show watched by millions of children and young adults.

Is Survivor unwittingly teaching this generation that the fastest way to success is to abandon a positive approach to life and do whatever you must to achieve? Is the take away that as long as I can separate who I really am from what I have to do to win, it’s OK?

The news has recently been filled with information that some of baseball’s most respected icons may have been cheating the system and skewing the record books. This generation’s top hitter (Barry Bonds) and its top pitcher (Roger Clemens) have been implicated in the scandal along with a who’s who list of the games brightest stars. Are we seeing another
version of the same mentality – “I’ll do whatever I must to be on top?”

Are Survivor and the baseball scandal broadcasting a warning to us? I want to shy away from empty moralizing here, but taking the shortcuts or the easy way is always a temptation in life. We’ve gone beyond “me-first” to “me-only” thinking.

However,when this mentality rules in a society that society is risking collapse. No one trusts anyone else and every one hunkers down in a bunker mentality. People become short-sighted and the ability to cooperate lessens.

We need to ask ourselves whether or not this message represents the society we all want to live in.

We are capable of so much more! There is a superior way to achieve in life. We can build our skills, improve our outlook, and work towards our goals. We can learn to work towards goals that benefit me, but don’t tear down your dreams in the process. We can, indeed we must, pursue our dreams without leaving footprints on the backs of our colleagues
and friends.

I’m not advocating a world where there are no winners and no losers or where everything is “fair”. Such a world does not really exist. I’m also not saying Survivor isn’t tantalizing entertainment or pushing the idea that it should be off the air.

What I am suggesting is that we remember something clearly forgotten in Survivor and the baseball scandal. We cannot separate who we truly are from what we are willing to do to win. The real “game” we are here to play is one where we must learn to maximize our own potential without hurting others in the process.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Be peaceful Be prosperous

Ray

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