I received an email and an unsubscribe this morning from a woman who used to baby-sit me as a child… Her words: Paula. I agree with your Christian responder……I am not so versatile in thinking when it comes to religion. I believe you are either WITH GOD or WITH your own loosey-goosey spiritual plan that you adjust to be what you WANT it to fit your lifestyle.
Which led to a very deep philosophical discussion with one in my inner circle.
This divide and conquer, I’m better than you, you are different than me and I won’t or can’t accept our differences HAS GOT TO QUIT!!!
Not once, have I ever said to someone that my way is THE WAY. (I should clarify with this – only SINCE I started this journey – however, BEFORE I did, I have to admit – there was a ton of judgment on my part!)
I have been thankful for the Christian people who have posted on my page – I don’t see your art in my home, but, who am I to deny you the right to paint what you are being drawn to paint…etc etc….and all of the private messages saying basically the same thing. These people are the ones that truly understand what it is to call yourself a Christian, and I am so very grateful. We have agreed to disagree, and respect each other’s journeys, without being in judgment of those who are following THEIR calling.
This is what gives me faith in humanity. Those who are able to walk their talk authentically and from integrity.
We are all in this together…we all have the choice to accept one another….or not….
BUT, I’m here to tell you, that until we start seeing our similarities, rather than our differences, NOTHING IS GOING TO CHANGE!!!
We go to war “in the name of God”. We persecute people “in the name of God”. Rather than seeing each other as human….
It is ludicrous.
Remember this people:
Smiles look the same….
Joy feels the same…..
Laughter sounds the same….
May we walk together as one.
PS – I am making a conscious decision not to respond to this email…I don’t feel the need to engage with her. I know my path, (although, I have to admit – it hits my “I want to fit in and make everyone happy” wound, and therefore I need to explain to you my side…but….no….)