The Bald Eagle

The Bald Eagle

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Acceptance



As she looked down at the ocean, she saw pictures of where she had once been.  A person was standing alone on the sidelines of the old football stadium where she had once stood.

"What do you see, Child?" the Prophet asked.

"Nothing much," The child answered. "Just someone standing all alone on the sidelines of the old football field where I used to live.

"Why is the person standing alone, Child?"

"Maybe other people don't want to be around the person," the child replied.

"What makes you think that?" The Prophet asked.

"Because this person looks different."

"Is the person breathing the same air the others breathe?"

"Of course, Prophet. That's a silly question to ask."

"So, why do you think the person is different?" The Prophet asked. "I don't understand, Child. You've got to be a little bit more specific."

"Prophet, that's easy. This person has got all kind of funny colors on the skin and looks like a rainbow."

"Is that important, Child?"

"But don't you see. You have to be accepted, Prophet? You just can't look any kind of way."

"So what are you trying to tell me, Child," The Prophet replied.

"I don't quite know yet, Prophet. This multicolored person could be really cool, but the people down there find it hard to accept someone that doesn't look like they look or think like they think, and this person is all kind of colors."














Shalom,

Pat Garcia

18 comments:

  1. Oh how I have missed this! I am so thankful that you are doing another A to Z challenge! Always makes my day!

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    1. Thank you so much my dear Friend. Hope all is well with you.
      Shalom,
      Pat

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  2. Acceptance is an important issue. For some reason people don't seem to understand that seeing different colors or hearing different ideas is important to growth and change. Because someone looks different or has different ideas does not make that person bad or unacceptable. As philosophers over the centuries have stated it is important to learn other ideas as these thoughts might help us with the issues or problems we have. Heck... different ideas could make our life better, but we are afraid to look.

    Also, if a person looks different, we are afraid to look into the person's heart and soul to learn that the person is good... we make snap judgments which limit our thinking. People can make life so hard for others by being non-accepting of others... TRULY SAD. Thank you for your wise words.

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    1. My Dear Gwynn,
      Thank you for visiting. You have pointed out many issues in non-acceptance. I agree we tend to make life so hard not only for others but for ourselves. Non acceptance destroys.
      Shalom,
      Patricia

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  3. Very full of imagery Patricia thank you! I can see the picture very clearly. You've told a simple story yet it is so so complex, and the Prophet reminds me of Buddha in his way of addressing the child's questions. So that she comes to her own evaluation ...

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    1. My Dear Friend,
      Thank you so very much. Hope you are enjoying yourself in my homeland.
      All the best.
      Shalom,
      Patricia

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  4. Hello! I'm stopping by from the A-Z Challenge. Nice to meet you. :)

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  5. Hello Margo,
    Thank you for stopping by and it is nice meeting you.
    Ciao,
    Patricia

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  6. What deep post! It is sad that people really can be shallow. But, the most important thing is loving yourself. If you have love for your self it shines through. Very nice to meet you!
    Shawn from, Laughing at Life 2

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    1. Good morning Shawn,
      Thank you so much. I look forward to reading your post also. Have a great day.
      Ciao,
      Patricia

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  7. Very nice scene you have written there. I liked the approach taken and it's a great pick for the A topic. Well done.

    A to Z commenter
    From the blog, Reading at Dawn

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    1. Good morning Dawn,
      Thank you and thanks for stopping by.
      Ciao,
      Patricia

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  8. Your Child of beautiful colors makes me think of our Roos of a rainbow of colors. In my selection of friends I have always chosen those who are definitively unique -- I don't care about skin color, sex or age. And, yes, like the white light fragmented into colors through the prisms of a crystal, each of us is unique in our own little ways, yet we are all one.

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    1. Hello My Dear Friend,
      Thank you for your words of wisdom. I like that last sentence, white light fragmented into colors through the prisms of a crystal, each of us is unique in our own little way and yet we are all one. Wow, what insight. If only we could grasp this principle.
      Thank you.
      Shalom,
      Patricia

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    2. I must tell you, Patricia, that a spiritual master, a visionary mystic, gave me this insight. Now I do see, though. And, besides, easy to remember: I love crystals, especially hanging in the window in the sun.

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  9. Wow, what a deep thought to ponder as I near the end of my day. Been struggling a lot lately dealing with the idea of being "different, and sometimes the loneliness from that is overwhelming. I am thankful for subtle and on time reminders that come to bring me back to the "God makes no mistakes" space that I need to occupy and press on in my journey. Thanks Patricia for the bit'o'fictional wisdom you've shared.

    Peace and Blessings,
    Thomasena

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    1. Hey Girlfriend,
      I relate so heavily to what you've just said. Every since I chose to say yes in my hometown and became the first African American to go to a all Caucasian school, I have been sticking out there. And yes it does get lonely because you are steadily in the middle of change and the biggest balcony of encouragement comes from heaven and not from those on earth who you think would be applauding for you. So hold on. You will make it and the changes that are about to come will rock your life into position.
      Your fellow traveler on the journey.
      Shalom,
      Patricia

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  10. Good morning Pat, how good to see your face again. A great post, short and straight to the point. Differences in our outward appearance are always noted first and sadly many don't seem to look any deeper. Hope you're keeping well.
    Cheers
    Laurie.

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