The Test of Time
Updated: Dec 2, 2019
It’s said that time heals all wounds or that it waits for no one, some even say it doesn’t really exist! The ‘point’ in time I would like to touch on today is the factor of perception.
When I was studying I would earn money as a hairdresser going door to door doing little girls' hair, clients would treat me differently based on how they were thought to perceive migrants or who they perceived not to be on their level financially or based on social class. Many people perceived me based on what the society constantly negatively portrayed migrants or people of a certain class to be like. Some famous people today have started out as pizza delivery guys or even homeless! My point is, you might be ‘poor’ (financially challenged) today and' rich' tomorrow but does that mean your wealth should define who you are or how people treat you?
'We see the world as we are not as it is.'
Is the charity of the rich for the people they are giving it to, or for recognition, ego-boost and their reputation? The word ‘charity’ implies one is better than the other, in other words, you are not giving to your equal or fellow brother, you are giving what you don’t want to someone beneath your class. It has been said that all that’s wrong with the world has come out of a single thought process where some people think of themselves as being better than others.
These assumptions may be based on their religion, class, nationality, culture, skin colour, level of education or even financial position. At this point some might say: "We were all created equally as humans and race disconnected us, religion separated us, politics divided us and wealth classified us. No one was born hating another, the same way we learnt our culture, religious knowledge and social upbringing, it is the same way we learnt prejudice, greed and power.
So what to do when you are faced with people with a growth challenged way of thinking?
1. Don’t take it personally because you know who you are and where you are going. Remember also that their actions and how they treat you are a reflection of them and has nothing to do with you.
2. Raise your vibration / your level of thinking: elevate to a state of being calm and conscious. Dr. Martin Luther King said: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that." So rise above the state of conflict, negativity and hurt and be the light.
3. See beyond their pain: it’s been said hurting people hurt people. Empathize with them, you may not be the real reason they are upset; unfulfilled goals, a lost love, unable to learn from failure etc.
Raise your eyes to meet the prize! When you choose a goal that nurtures your soul, focusing on obstacles becomes mundane. Keiba Murray 25.01.19