I would like my life to be a statement of love and compassion—and where it isn’t, that’s where my work lies.
― Ram Dass
I’m right!! In the past, there was nothing more important to me then these two words. My brain had been programmed that one of the most important things in life is to be right. I had to be right about everything—politics, sports, and even a friendly conversation with two different opinions. I would change, manipulate, or lie about the facts just to be right. I remember how mad and bad I felt when I was wrong. As I look back on this, it is almost funny to me that I didn’t realize I had this programming at the time.
Today, I look at the world and the challenges we face to live as one in harmony with each other. I would say that the need to be right is one of the biggest contributors to these challenges. I look at the government in the USA and believe the biggest problem it faces is that the people in the government need to be right—that and the lack of integrity for the people they are supposed to serve (article I wrote on integrity). Think for a moment of the political commercials that are aired at election time. These are the people that are representing us; I’m grateful it’s been a long time since I watched one.
In this country, we have a two-party system run by Republicans and Democrats. And there are people who believe that only one of those political systems has the right to run our government. I believe some of the followers of the current political system maintain the Ultimate I’m right belief program. Have you ever heard an argument between supporters of opposite political systems? They might as well be screaming, I’m right! You’re wrong!
I believe it’s extremely important to understand how we learned to think that being right is so important, because it allows you to understand that it’s a way of thinking that you inherited. You didn’t create it.
The first place we learned this is through the belief in society that being right is so important. We observed this and it became a foundation for the way we think about everything. I believe the second reason is our school system’s way of grading—again—we were taught how important being right is.
Why am I writing about political systems and being right? Awareness! The only way you can change and become the person you were meant to be is through awareness. If you don’t realize some of the programming you have running in the unconscious, you can’t change it. And the need to be right can block you from being and doing what you were meant to do in this world.
Divine truth is love, peace, joy, harmony, and freedom for the world. This comes straight from your heart and the soul inside you. All the great Heroes and leaders before us knew divine truth. Jesus. Buddha, Gandhi, Peace Pilgrim, and Martin Luther King, Jr. all knew divine truth. Actually, a better way to express this is that they were conscious of it, felt it, and lived by it.
Each and every one of us has this truth inside us. We just have to get past the thoughts we were programmed with. Or another way of saying it is: unlearning what we have learned is holding us back from living an amazing life of sharing your truth and meaning for being here.
Would you rather be happy or right? I have never seen anyone who’s arguing about a point of view seem happy. People who are going through life trying to be right are not coming from a place of joy.
Would you rather live from your heart or be right? If you’re out to prove yourself on being right, then you’re blocking the Universal energy that runs through all of us.
Would you rather be right or make this world better and more beautiful? The way we do this is when we humans live in harmony with each other. And how we have harmony in the world is that we all take personal responsibility to live with love, peace, and joy.
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When you think yours is the only true path you forever chain yourself to judging others and narrow the vision of God. The road to righteousness and arrogance is a parallel road that can intersect each other several times throughout a person’s life. It’s often hard to recognize one road from another. What makes them different is the road to righteousness is paved with the love of humanity. The road to arrogance is paved with the love of self.
― Shannon L. Alder
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