What do you do 24/7?

My friend posted on facebook a link to a YouTube video of the primetime series “What Would You Do?”.  When you see something that you think is wrong do you step in or do you step away? … I encourage you to watch this as it is in my opinion a way to reflect in the mirror and to observe this fabulous experiment on human behavior.

Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSKZX7RyCBc

I love facebook! That’s no secret.  I mostly love the friends and friends of friends that I’ve connected with.  Here are some of their comments, mostly quoting others.

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing ~ Edmund Burke”.  This quote will make sense if you watch the video in its entirety.

 “Judgments prevent us from seeing the good that lies beyond appearances ~ Wayne W. Dyer”

But by far my favorite comment is this one:

“wow! it reminded me of a quote a friend just posted..’Don’t tell me what you believe. Show me what you DO 24 hours a day and I’ll tell you what you believe’ ~ Jerry Rubin”.

The prominent facebook feeds in the last few days have all touched on the topic of Cordoba House, the proposed Islamic Community Center which has caused so much controversy because of its proximity to Ground Zero.

Today, a Huffington Post article by Priscilla Warner entitled Is Fear Contagious echoed some of the thoughts and feelings I’ve had.  Priscilla Warner co-authored The Faith Club…

My sentiment is this: I am contagious… and so I am responsible to BE that which I want to spread around… I am inspired.

And that is why I have decided to blog about this right now.  Maybe this Cordoba House is a representation of the pink elephant in the room. So let’s keep talking about it.

I have an opinion about the Cordoba House.  I will not take the middle ground like some people on this.  I think Americans should demand nothing less than equality for all people.  I think in America we should all encourage the building of community centers regardless of faith.  We as humans are starved for connection and we need to build our neighborhoods in such a way as to encourage discussion where we all can “disagree without being disagreeable”.  I think maybe Obama said that but I don’t know who he was quoting.

Why not make America that field that Rumi talks about? This was my original impetus for starting this website.

This website is inspired by a quote … Out beyond the place of right-doing and wrong-doing, there is a field.  I’ll meet you there. The mystical poet Rumi (1207-73) 

In fact, why can’t the world be that field?

If you’re thinking “she’s an idealist… ” or worse… It’s OK.  “Your opinion of me is none of my business ~ Wayne Dyer”.  I’ve been called many names before.

If you care about or love anything (your children, this planet… whatever is important to you in your heart) then I will say this to you: Please don’t label me because I have an opinion.  Please talk with me and get to know me and gaze into what is alive in me and in the process, allow me to see what is alive in you.

I exist to hold that field in my heart and practice 24/7 to make it so.  I say practice because I’m not there.  But when I find myself in a place of judgment, I smile, and I forgive myself and learn and evolve.  But I get more determined to practice.

So, what would you do?  What do you do 24/7?  I really want to know.

Note: If anyone (friends or friends of friends) recognizes something they said and wants to be identified here as the person who said it (other than those who I’ve already credited), let me know and I will be happy to give you credit but for now, time is precious and I didn’t want to ask permission and so I’ve made the quotes anonymous.

To find out more about the concept “What is alive in me?” check out the Center for Non-Violent Communication (NVC) website or do a Google search.

4 thoughts on “What do you do 24/7?”

  1. My daughter and I were just talking about this issue yesterday in the car driving home from school, about having the freedom to disagree, the freedom to practice different faiths, and to engage in the world through action rather than judgement. You, and all your awesome quotes, said precisely what I’ve been feeling lately. I try to remember that “faith without works is dead,” that we practice our beliefs, our faith, and our humanity through our actions. Thanks

  2. i dont know what to say about this really. i am an american who was raised roman catholic and has converted to islam. i’ve known since 9/11 that i’m at the bottom of the totem pole now (new to me, and not welcome) but this rash of unmitigated hatred has really surprised me. i think it’s a symptom of the society going south. we’re in 2 wars going nowhere, and we’re collectively going broke. americans may have been really easy going and openminded when times were easier, but now we’re facing hardship and that’s when more primal, instinctive impulses start to show themselves without censorship. unfortunately, my babies, which i value more than anything in the world, are on the receiving end. it really saddens me. i tend to want to remain under the radar with stuff like this, but the first time somebody calls my kid a terrorist is when you’ll hear from me.

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