I don’t want to get real political on here….I’m just not a really political person. BUT, I would like to bring to attention a news story I saw this morning that really made me think.
The news story is about an Icelandic girl who has not been able to use her “given” name for 15 years because the name her mother gave her is not “allowed” by Icelandic government. (here is a link you can read about her just winning the right to use her name http://news.msn.com/world/icelandic-girl-wins-right-to-use-her-given-name)
Now let’s think about this….her mother chose a name that she thought was beautiful, and apparently has some meaning behind it to her, but she must abide by some gawd-awful LAWS when naming her child?!!! I find this outrageous. Call me naive, but I never realized that “control” was that bad outside of countries like China. Not trying to be stereotypical here, but that is really the only country I can think of off the top of my head that would fit my feelings right now, and that I know to have such strict laws like that. All this mother wants to do is name her child what she feels suits best, but it was not allowed, and for the 15 years this child has been alive she has been called “Girl”. It is so sad to me. But let’s take this in another direction…..
We Americans have a great amount of freedoms, in particular is our right to choose, our freedom of choice. I don’t want to beat around the bush so I’ll get straight to my point. We have so many choices to choose in order to make ourselves a better life; to be happy and joyful; but so many of us aren’t. So many Americans choose to live outside their own real world and wish they had what others do. When will we be satiated? When will we learn to be content with what we have?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that we shouldn’t strive to be better people; intellectually; spiritually; emotionally; even materialistically. But when are we going to learn in our NOW generations to stop living outside our means so that we can finally have a future of abundance and not scarcity. I would like to pause here and ask a question….Who just read that and immediately thought I was talking about money, national debt, poor, homeless, empty bank accounts and the like?
If you did, that’s fine because it can be taken that way, but that also means you really aren’t connected to what I’m trying to get in touch with. That would be a perfect example of the thought frame I am petitioning we get out of. We have the freedom of choice to do as we wish, go to college or not go to college; work at Burger King or become an Astro Physicist; be a mother of 6 beautiful girls or a father of 1 insane little boy; we even have the choice to name our children what we wish without the government telling us “No no, it doesn’t fit into our regulations/laws”.
Why then, why do we live in a country where there is so much emotional scarcity? Why do we live in a country where caring for other people and helping them because we learned what the abundance of love is, suddenly becomes a feat greater than climbing Mt Everest? Why do we live in a society where we teach our children to want more, to want what our neighbors have instead of being happy with WHO we are? We have the choice NOT to live this way. We have the choice to live in peace and to help others for the simple fact that it makes your heart sing, but so many of us choose not to. So many choose greedy, stingy, “steel claw” type of lives; they choose scarcity of Love, scarcity of Choice, always saying they have to be like that or it will be taken from them. It is time to live in a society where the idea of scarcity/abundance refers to our spiritual wholeness, or to the oneness and connection to our fellow neighbors; not the money in our pocket. It is time to choose to grow together, not apart. It is time to make……..
Choices. We have freedom to exercise it for positive change…..let’s start.