Black and White living…

For whatever reason, we as people seem to divide things into one of two categories, either Black or White. Either it is good or it is bad. It is healthy or it is bad for us. I even run into that idea in safety; either it is safe, or it is dangerous.

I figure we are much smarter than that, but we (me too) seem to be “mentally Lazy.” Henry Ford once said, “Thinking is the hardest thing to do.” He figured that was so because people so seldom engaged in it. He went on to say, “I don’t mean simple things like “What should I have for dinner?” or “What should I wear?” or “Or who is the best looking boy or girl, man or women?” I mean serious problem-solving thinking.

I don’t know of any situation that is all bad or all good. Safety is not all safe or all dangerous. It is up to “us” to think of ways to make is “acceptable risk exposure.”

This PowerPoint slide from a safety program conveys the idea, but unless it is pointed out; most of us just accept it, and believe that is the way the world is?  Actually, we live in a very colorful world, just look outside at the beautiful autumn colors (as someone pointed out to me, today. “Thanks”)

Someone who inspires me, and is a person of unbelievable mental strength, that surprisingly few people know of is “Nelson Mandela.” He was imprisoned for over 25 years because he was willing to stand up for freedom and equal rites. He eventually became President of South Africa

It sure seems the world is going crazy, but we have so many people who are smart and could come up with good ideas, rather than fight against each other. Together we can solve this “Survival” problem,” our survival depends on us.

This quote is good, please read it for what is good about it, rather than put it in the black and white file. :

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.

Your playing small doesn’t serve this world.

There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us;

It is not just in some of us – it’s in everyone!

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others! Nelson Mandela – Inaugural Speech 1994