I’ve been thinking a lot about my core values over this season of COIVD, quarantine and political unrest. Today, as I was driving through Highlands, NJ and a storm was coming in. (OK I was driving around because today I got up for outdoor yoga, yesterday it was sunny and gorgeous and I overslept, but today when it’s cold and rainy I wake up…only to find it was canceled…and a good reminder go when you can because in the current world COVID makes the rules when it rains.)
While I was driving home, I caught a glimpse of these beautiful flags flying in the drizzle & wind. I had to stop and take a picture (oh and a video for my insta of course).
My heart has been so heavy for our country recently. So much anger. So much hurt. People alienating each other with just a post or a meme. People triggered over small things and silent over big things. I find myself needing to stop regularly and reconnect with the higher energy of beauty and love that has always been and will always be in the world. A consciousness that comes from our Creator which I purposefully tap into because I refuse to be sucked into the darkness and anger that I feel swirling around me.
Yet, as I stood there in awe of these flags for a brief moment I was reminded…this is who we are. This is what we stand for. The flag is our physical representation of our core values. And I was reminded, we are better than we’ve been acting.
50 stars and 13 stripes remind me:
- We are the land of the free because of the brave.
- We are one nation under God, founded by families seeking freedom of religion not freedom from religion.
- We are a nation of equality, where all men are created equal. And while as a nation, we have had to mature to understand what “men” represents, (men= human race of every color and gender) each day gives us a new chance to embrace what “all” really needs to look like.
- We are a land which protects inalienable rights for life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness.
As a country, we need to remember who we are, our core values. Together, we need to eliminate anything that threatens our inalienable rights. Recognize where in the past (or currently) we aren’t living up to who we are, honor our core values and begin to stand in our greatness.
I think of the Statue of Liberty and what it meant to my mother’s ancestors when they first saw it as they entered Ellis Island. I think of how my Irish paternal great-grandparents felt leaving their home to escape starvation during the potato famine and coming to the USA with hopes and dreams of a new life and new possibilities. I think of the people like my friend Kwan who just received her citizenship and threw a USA party. How many pray to come here and sacrifice so much to get here. I think of how much I take a simple thing like the American flag, protecting my freedom, for granted. Even being able to write my unedited thoughts on a public forum is a freedom I might not have in another country. Yet, with that freedom of speech comes deep responsibility. The responsibility that my words reflect my core values, not my fluctuating feelings. Much like a relationship that is destroyed in one hate filled rant, our words our powerful.
So I will use my words to speak love, respect and compassion. I will pray those who are hurting are healed & those who are victimized are vindicated. And mostly, I will pray that we remember our core values as a country because one thing will always be true, “a house divided against itself can not stand.” we are stronger 𝚃𝙾𝙶𝙴𝚃𝙷𝙴𝚁.