The holidays are coming up (Depending on what you celebrate they may already be here) and this should be a time for people to exhibit love from your heart. As with every holiday, you should get the most out of it when you invest the most into it. I already know I am blessed, and I could honestly say that if I got nothing I would still be “very” happy. However, the other day I was wondering about something. If I could give one particular gift (real or imagined) to everyone in the world, what would that gift be? The imaginary gift I would give would probably be the “ability to see.” No, I am not talking about regular eyesight, but rather the ability to see “beyond the surface.” Can you imagine how we would feel about someone if we could actually “visualize the love in his or her heart?” Can you imagine being able to see the thoughts of someone who was troubled enough to want to commit random acts of violence? How about the ability to see the good in man beyond the color of his skin? Imagine being able to see the abuse that someone may have endured during his or her life and being able to deliver that one hug to stop that person from “going over the edge.” This kind of sight might be more beneficial “with your eyes closed.” We often concern ourselves with what’s on the outside. We judge people by their deeds and not necessarily the “thought behind the deeds.” We often stereotype people based on what we have learned as opposed to what we experience. We take the time to criticize without even attempting to realize. While our regular ability to see could be considered one of our greatest blessings it can also be the one thing that causes our greatest deficiencies. We base a lot of our behavior on what we see. However, for most of us our sight is only limited to what we perceive externally. Real love shouldn’t depend on a person’s physically attributes, but rather the content of what they have inside. If I could give an imaginary gift like that to everyone in the world I would gladly do so. Then maybe there would be less discrimination, second guessing, racism, and even terrorism. There are people in this world who are in need of help, and our problem is that even when we see them we still can’t see them… I hope we all can at least make that effort to try… Just that act alone might make all the difference… “One love” is more than just a statement. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought today, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Olivia Newton John, Brett Jolly and musical director Amy Skyy before a concert