By Bernadette A. Moyer
Believe! It is that time of year again, with Thanksgiving just behind us as we look forward in anticipation for the Christmas holidays. We look ahead in welcoming in the New Year. I can’t help but reflect upon the word “believe” for me it is right up there with “faith” and with “joy.”
This year, I will pray and meditate on “believe” and I am making the choice to see the good in life, and in people and in the world. I am making the choice to see the good and to believe in the goodness of all people even the ones that show me otherwise.
Earlier this month a coward crossed my path, he knows who he is and I know who he is too. He is a person who doesn’t have the courage to sign his name and face me head on. I could choose to respond with anger but I choose to respond with God in my heart. I won’t allow this coward to bring any of his toxins into my life or into my heart. He didn’t do his job, literally, and when he was called out publicly, he responded in a cowardly way. After his cowardly actions, he decided to “unfriend” me on Facebook.
What he did, does not reflect upon me at all, but speaks volumes about who he is and his complete lack of character and integrity.
When you take a stand and stand up for what you think and what you believe inevitably you will make someone unhappy along the way. The problem with this guy, honestly, if the same thing he did to me, was done to him, he’d go home crying to his mommy. There is no doubt about it.
Last year I attended a Marianne Williamson lecture, she writes about and speaks about love and I can’t imagine her ever being a target. Yet during her lecture, she spoke about the cowardly actions of someone who didn’t like her views and her political position. They went on a campaign to try and harm her reputation.
What strikes me with my situation and with her story is and was, if you don’t like someone’s position, their comments or ideas, don’t listen and don’t read them! And if you must react and respond why not take it directly to the source?
I believe that most people are really good people and good people try and effect change by going to the source. Any person, who hides his identity, isn’t taken seriously and is seen for the truth of what motives them. Their motivation is purely to hurt. If they wanted to help or express an opposing view they would have had the courage to own their own statements.
As a writer who often writes about real life experiences, and real life situations and real life opinions there is no doubt in my mind that not every reader is going to have the same beliefs that I have. I share mine. I am willing to listen and to hear others. My husband loves me dearly, and yet even he doesn’t agree with me 100% of the time. My views are mine, and my beliefs are mine.
This holiday season my word is “believe” and I plan to “believe” in the goodness of all people, in the grace of God and in the divinity of the human spirit. I “believe” that 2013 is going to be an amazing year for me personally and professionally. The number “13” has always been a really lucky number for me!
This 2013 I believe in all that is good and all that is great; and in this one life that God has given to me. You’ve got to have faith, and joy and you have to believe. Believe.