“To go against the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see every day, is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.” – Theodore H. White
I stumbled upon this quote on Sunday, which I shared on my personal facebook page a few years ago. The quote spoke to me, like it did when I first shared it, but for different reasons. It’s interesting how time and context can change our perceptions or understandings.
As a mindfulness blogger I do my best to speak mindfully which to me includes truth and inclusively. However, sometimes I find it a challenge to speak during challenging times like the times we are currently experiencing in the U.S. To speak under conflict, in my own life, has been a challenge for me because I know the power of our words and I want to make sure that my words have the same thoughtfulness in conflict as they do when I am at peace.
Since I often write about speaking your truth, and being vulnerable I intend to continue to speak and speak to the challenges we face. It is in fact a realization that woke me up on Saturday morning that it is something I must do. I want to add to the conversation and express words of light and love and not fear or anger. I will make sure that what I say offers guidance or perspective or space for contemplation.
The wisdom of being present from moment to moment in life applies even in challenging times. Our morality and intentions of both our words and actions will be challenged.
We will discover in these times who we truly are and what we truly stand for. Going along with the group without fully understanding why can hinder or hurt you or another.
It is important to not become numb or let all the conversations become white noise.
On this Mindful Monday, start the week of by letting your conscious be your guide and know and own why we are saying yes to or no to the changing tides.