Gun Control will not Stop all our Problems! We need a Return to Love.

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**I could easily have titled this post “Our Society is Broken” but I felt more people would read it if it said “Gun Control…” ?**

YES we need to look at our gun laws, not to disarm innocent law-abiding citizens,but to somehow look at these laws and see why they are failing to keep guns from those who should not have them! Ohhhhhh but see, that in itself is a huge problem! We will never keep guns out of the hands of those who want to do harm! They will find a way!! Are we so naive as to think we can eradicate guns from existence?  That will not happen.  So what in the world can we do?!?  Seems hopeless…….

Our society is broken and will not be fixed by simply implementing more gun control! While our laws are not working, obviously, and can stand for some looking at, this is not what will fix the problem.

Our problem is on a consciousness level.  Our people are broken. I should say so many of our people, not all. We need a return to love and that includes tough love.  We need stricter consequences as well as learning to treat each other better! And we need to teach about personal responsibility!

Should we look at gun control? Yes. We need to make sure the mentally unstable can’t get their hands on guns, but truth is no matter what we do there is always going to be a way. Sadly.  But we can do our due diligence and we should do that.  We should not hear stories of how some child or mentally unbalanced person got their hands on a gun in what seemed to be a legal way by mistake.  No. That is unacceptable and needs to change.  Consequences at the sale level.  And consequences for criminals in general needs to change, get the innocent and misdemeanors out of jail and make room for the real criminals! Jail reform and police/judge reform?  I know most of the people who commit mass murders end up dead, like 99.99%  and in these cases consequences would not matter or would they? At some level consequences (during formative years)  for right and wrong make a huge differences and will/would have a ripple effect in the long term on a consciousness level.  If that makes sense.  I am just saying we need to start raising our children/our citizens to learn right from wrong! By implementing strong consequences and personal responsibility as a way of teaching in the home, with consistency, our children, thus our citizens will be raised to understand the gravity of human life. Knowing right from wrong, reality from fantasy, the gravity of human life, this can make a difference. Being raised with respect and learning the importance of giving it and learning what it means to earn it.  And learning to take responsibility when we make mistakes; from the smallest to the biggest they all matter, especially in the formative years!

We all need to learn to practice love. Love for one another. If you think the lack of love in our society is not contributing to out current problem, think again. There is a psychological warfare going on out there and it starts at birth! With some people it begins in the home and continues on the playground where the child is reinforced with the thought that in the great scheme that is life he doesn’t matter, right or wrong he seems to lose, and there is a game to play not a life to live. We all become pawns in the game that is this persons life.  Do you think love could have made a difference? Well maybe one person loving him at home may not have been enough, maybe, but it could have been. But what about a society that is brought up in love and respect and extends that wherever they go? Do you think that could have made a difference? I do.

This is that ripple effect and I believe it is where we really need to do the work. We need to see reform from our local law to our federal, from our crooked apathetic politicians to our apathetic parents, and let’s not forget our churches and those who fill their pews, there needs to be an infusion of humanity, sacred and filled with love for there to be a shift.  Gun control laws alone will not make the difference we need to see.

Yeah I could go on and on about this subject but I won’t. And many of you may think I am over-simplifying things and I will respectfully disagree. I do think love can change the world and definitely think it can change this issue. Would it take time? Yes! I am not proposing magic (although I feel it is pretty magical) I am proposing love, pure unadulterated love for one another.  And more love, respect, and consistency in the home and at school.  More love between adults to show as examples to children.  Our children need examples of love but sadly are being raised around a lot of hate.  Hate, lack of discipline, lack of consistent good examples, why are we surprised that we have a problem?  I believe if we raise our kids in a place with love, respect,consistency and accountability we will see the changes we need to see.

This is not just about changing the way we raise our kids, it is about loving one another. In order to create a more loving environment to raise your kids in we must love one another.  Stop all the fighting! Grow up and learn to stop sweating the small stuff. Teach your kids to be grateful and to love one another for who they are and to see beyond the differences.  Teach your kids to love themselves.  And to teach them self-love you must love yourself first.  Ripple effect.  Examples.  Actions speak louder than words every time!

**My prayers are with all those affected by the recent shooting in Oregon and with all those affected by gun violence or any violence.

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To ASSUME

assumeEvery day, thanks to Social Media sites, I get to see a lot of people making a lot of assumptions. It is disturbing to read/hear the way people think of others. So much judgement and assumption happening. It astounds me at times how it is that people can’t see what they do. Why not take a step back and look in the mirror. Or better yet, browse through your Facebook page or Twitter Feed for past posts and see who you really are.

Do you like what you see? I hope so. It is so important for us to like…no, love, who we are!

Ya know I do not say this because I think we are hurting so many people with our words (although we definitely could be), it is more about US. We are worthy of being a better person, we are worthy of love and I think by posting so much judgement and hate on public social sites we deprive our self of the love we are so deserving of.

Rather than posting judgmental comments, which in a lot of cases is to assume the heart and true feelings of others without even asking if this is really the way they feel, maybe take time to get to know someone.  This is one area where Social Media sites have failed! We have so many “friends” but do we really know them? Are they truly friends?  Maybe take a few minutes to get to know someone before you decide what they are really thinking!  I see too many people misunderstand the written word, another thing we can thank progress for! Too many people carry on “text” relationships and there is so much misunderstanding!  I think we need to have a little more face time going on!

So love yourself enough to want to live with integrity!  Love yourself enough to be able to look back on your life and feel good about who you are!

Look in the mirror folks. Love what you see.

Peace and Love~ Christine  (originally posted in Dec 2012)

Don’t Let The Haters Shake Your Faith!

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I know some of you saw this title and thought “oh there is some juicy RFRA talk here!” sorry to disappoint; this is not about RFRA, or at least not directly, but if the shoe fits, by all means! Ha!

No this is just me wondering out loud why some people can’t handle the truth and then decide to lash out at those who stand by the truth.  Make sense?  I guess this can apply to so many situations!! So you would be a fool to think I am talking about YOU.  Right?   Do you feel as if I am bating someone? Nah….just thinking out loud.

Although I did learn a valuable lesson recently. Want to hear? OK. So I learned that I have an issue with being straightforward with people, especially if I know it is not what they want to hear. I know….I know….a lot of people have this problem. But at some point something will happen in your life to bring you to the realization that enough is enough!  And I think I have come to that point. I mean I have this issue with everyone, friends, family, work associates……it is a terrible thing, I am really good at listening and offering advice (and I am working on only offering it when asked!) and I can tell it like it is, but when I get to a point where I see someone behaving horribly to others, I mean horribly, then I have a hard time saying ” hey! You treat people terrible!!”  So I tip toe around the subject, I say philosophical things to them, I hope they catch my drift. And they don’t. But I try.

What I learned recently is that what I get for my efforts is – misunderstood, lied about, characterized as a terrible person, misrepresented, I can go on and on. And I realized it could have all been avoided if I had just been straightforward from the beginning and said what I thought. Jeez!  I mean sure they may not like to hear that I think they are wrong, or that they are acting horribly, but they will know where I stand and we can agree to disagree (and life has shown me that some people will never agree to disagree…but hey! They are not true friends or they are family! Haha)   For those who are mature enough to understand we can’t always agree, we will move on and never get to the point of bashing the other…or them bashing me, whatever! I will not bash someone else….and they should be happy for that!!  LOL

If I can’t learn this lesson then I am always going to be here at some time or another, I always leave the door open for misunderstandings…. and when you have to live like that you can feel bad….haters are strong people! They are fueled by something as strong as love and that can shake you. It makes you feel like others may believe the crap they are selling. But it is not so! Because it is crap! You have to remember that. Remember who you are dealing with.

Look, I am sure you can relate to this, so I have some advice: do not let others shake your faith in you when you know you have done nothing wrong! Stand strong! Have courage! And above all else….learn from the past!  When we are not perfectly honest with others, even for the sake of their feelings, we open the door to a mess! Of course! Because lies are a bad thing….evasive speak is bad. It all can lead to heartache and in this case it is avoidable.

When you are faced with a person who has issues and they are close enough to you that they seek out your advice, please either be straightforward from the beginning or don’t offer the advice! Don’t be the shoulder…..OR offer the shoulder but no advice…get it? Got it! Thank you God for letting me see!

Ya know I read my cards today and they told me that something “eye opening” was going to occur…something that would shift my reality. Hmmmmmmm again….Got It!