There Is No Right Way to Be
This has been an interesting time in our world’s history. Lately, I see more and more people speaking their minds and fighting to have their perspectives heard.
While I applaud humanity’s willingness to speak and be heard, I often hear a common limiting belief resonating in these messages. This limiting belief sounds something like this:
“There is one RIGHT way to be, and we should all behave the right way.”
It seems to me that the vast majorities of our arguments and debates center around this limitation. We fight about many different things, but at the root of these fights is this same underlying message of required moral conformity.
Are you pro-life?
Well, the right way to be is to allow women to manage their own bodies!
Are you pro-choice?
Well, the right way to be is to allow a fetus to grow and live!
Are you pro-guns?
Well, the right way to be is against violence!
Are you anti-guns?
Well, the right way is to be is to allow people the ability to protect themselves!
It seems all arguments are this way. Both sides have valid points, we often just feel called to argue the side that seems more important by our own perspective.
But consider this: perhaps there is no right way to be.
After all, we are all unique. We are all born into different families, in different spots of the world. We all look different, grow up with different values and experience different struggles and triumphs.
We all see the world differently, therefore we all have different (yet valid) perspectives.
Perhaps, instead of fighting over the “right way to be,” our efforts might be better spent another way. Perhaps, instead of condemning others for their differences, we could try to acknowledge that each one of us knows how to navigate our own life better than anyone else.
Staying neutral gives you room to grow
Since adopting this perspective, I’ve found it’s become much easier for me to stay objective when someone voices his or her opinion to me. Instead of responding with a knee-jerk reaction, I now listen. I now try to understand.
I see when someone has a different opinion than me, it’s not because he or she is wrong. Rather, it’s because he or she has lived a different life than me. If anything, he or she has something to teach me.
Another person’s differences allow me an ability to grow in my understanding and in my acceptance of all aspects of humanity.
At the end of the day, I believe we are all doing the best we know how to do. We all want to be happy, healthy and prosperous. Sometimes this means we make choices to promote our growth, and other times it means we act to alleviate our suffering. Regardless, we always act with what we believe is in our own best interests.
Live and let live because there is no right way to be. The only right way to be is the way that’s right for you.
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