An angel walks in a room with a Christian who celebrates Christmas. A Jew who celebrates Hanukkah and a African American who celebrates Kwanza. The angel quickly looks around and says Happy Holidays to everyone. At that moment an individual in the corner sighs loudly. The angel turns to the man and asks is there a problem sir? To which the man responded well since you asked there is. I’m so tired of you liberals and your war on Christmas. What wrong with just saying Merry Christmas like we did in the good old days. The angel looked at the man and laughed and then politely said sir it would seem it is you and not me who is waging war on Christmas. Me? Responded the man shockingly. Yes you said the angel for on the day Jesus was born an angel like myself told all those in the manger I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. He did not identify only a selection of people to wish great joy he wished it to all. We are all God’s children and he wishes that as his children we love each other and respect each other faiths. If you choose to turn a cold shoulder to or belittle those who wish happiness to all then it is you who are soiling the true meaning of Christmas.
I traveled the long road through the tunnel of despair, depression and self-doubts, and emerged a better person. The journey while difficult was worth it because you must look despair squarely in the eye to find yourself and at the of my journey I had rediscovered myself. I realized that receiving the accolades of others, being recognized for my achievements may have made me happy but was not the key to my happiness. I realized that while I was looking for validation from society the only validation I needed is from with-in. Gone was the fear of failure because I may fail again and its place was the resolve to move forward and seize the possibilities the future holds. I no longer put on a face for the world to believe I was happy but show my real face because I am happy. For in traveling the road back I found the keys to being truly happy, belief in myself and what I can accomplish. The journey may have been arduous but it helped me to find the strength to discover myself and to believe in my potential.
When I look into the mirror of my soul and am brutally honest with myself I see flaws. Imperfections that annoy some people. But here’s the thing, not one of us is perfect and if the whole of ourselves is righteous and kind then at the end of the day we’re ok. Of course I strive to better myself each day but fundamentally I am who I am and I’m happy with that. If you choose to accept who I am join me on my journey if not I wish you good luck on yours.
I am flawed
I am weird
I am moody
I am quirky
I can be stubborn
I have been down before
I am me Imperfections and all. But my imperfections alone do not define who I am because I am also smart, kind, compassionate, giving and loving among other things. And it is all of me that makes me who I am and I am special. No one can tell me any different because no one knows me like I know myself.
Can you look at me and judge me because I exude confidence and I am happy? The simple answer is no. Your opinion is not required, your approval is not needed for me to be happy. What you must understand is that I am not confident because of a sense of arrogance. I am confident because I have a healthy belief in myself and my abilities. It is this belief that allows me the freedom to know anything is possible when I put my mind to it and there is a world of possibilities waiting for me to take hold of them. Knowing this makes me happy and I have earned the right to be. That is something neither you nor anyone else can take from me. I will not allow the negativity of others to sap the positivity that I exude. I will not let your unhappiness thrust on to me. I am who I am because of my belief in myself. You can not judge me and you never will because I have already judged myself to be worthy of the happiness I enjoy.
When I awaken each morning it is to a feeling of happiness, enthused about the possibilities that the new day brings. Gone are the chains which many of us have been conditioned to believe, that we live in a box that society says we belong. Rather I live each day to see how far I can push myself and to what new level can I achieve. I live each day to show those who tell me it can’t be done that not only can it be done it can be done at the highest of levels. Never will I fear the unknown each new day brings instead I will embrace it. For the unknown is only a temporary lack of knowledge therefore the unknown is a chance to learn an opportunity to broaden my horizons. Yes I look forward to each new morning because to paraphrase the classic line from Star Trek goes it gives me the opportunity to bodily go where I have never gone before.
Alien #1: You are prepared to come before this council today with your recommendation on the humans?
Alien #2: I am.
Alien #1: Then this evaluation hearing shall come to order and you may proceed.
Alien #2: Thank you as you know I have always been a proponent of the humans as a species It is no secret that I have always found they are rather unique. Above all other life on Earth they are special because of their cognitive ability. When I was first tasked with evaluating them it was my hope that when faced with differences they would respond as many of our species have and use this ability to find common ground, to learn from each other and to grow as a species. Unfortunately that is not the case. Rather when faced with the unknown of another group my research has shown they choose, since the beginning of their time, not to use this ability to grow as a species but to make us versus them decisions along lines of race, ethnicity, gender, language group, religion, age, socioeconomic status, and so on. That combined with the human thirst for power and money has led them to turn their back on at best orto attempt to subjugate or even kill the other group at worst. This undoubtedly has stunted their development as a species over time yet they still do not change. Why? Well I have theorized and in my opinion their actions have proven this to be true the human mind despite all of its unique and special characteristics is lazy. When I say lazy what I mean is the human mind prefers to be comfortable. It is more comfortable to accept that which is familiar than that which is different. Even when they come to the realization that their actions are morally wrong and counterproductive to their society as a whole It is more comfortable to ignore this than to confront it. More importantly it appears that it is in their nature to live in the moment at the expense of their species future’s greater good, one can see that in how they treat their own planet. Coupled with their creation of and need for a socioeconomic system in which each group strives to climb over the other. One can only surmise that over the course of their history there has been the loss of great minds that may have developed over time in the groups that have resided near the bottom of the chain. Minds that if not extinguished would have flourished and led to the growth of the species as a whole. Regrettably it is this lack of self awareness that they are all human that I must say while having many tremendous qualities has proven they are clearly not ready to join us at this time.
Alien #1: Your recommendation has been entered humans admission to the the Advanced Collective of Universal Planets has been denied at this time.