Blog Post #346 Inclusion

Blog Post #346:  Inclusion

Today, a bit off topic – but thinking of love and inclusion.

I’ve been remembering bits and pieces of an old poem and found it today.

Edwin Markham wrote:

“He drew a circle that shut me out- Heretic , rebel, a thing to flout.
But love and I had the wit to win: We drew a circle and took him In!”

As I write this, recently a TV actress had a racial slur and got her (new) show cancelled very quickly.  We have had other prominent people that (still) have shared racial, gender, ethnic and other negative statements.

I like the quote from Markham.  “BUT LOVE AND I” – we need to LOVE.

I frequently write from a Judeo-Christian perspective.  I see Biblical comments like “Love one-another”; “Love is patient, love is kind,  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails.”

I see other concepts like forgiveness (How many times must I forgive?  Seven times? Answer: No, 70 times 7 times).We have the perspective that we are ‘made in the image of God’.  So, if you will, the homeless person on the street; the black person, the Muslim person, the greedy businessman, the governor who has slept with a woman while married, even those that have chosen alternative lifestyles – are also ‘made in the image of God’.

Mother Teresa cared for some of the ‘poorest of the poor’.  She said “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.  Are we doing that? She also said “Peace begins with a smile”.

So, if somebody is drawing a circle that shuts you out – you need to be the ‘bigger person’ and draw a circle that lets them in!!   Let everyone in – don’t exclude any – love conquers all!  (And even if they still exclude YOU – be the ‘bigger person’!!)

Even just a smile and a friendly nod can help lift another person’s spirit.

Let me finish with part of a song made famous in the musical / movie Bye-Bye Birdie:

Gray skies are gonna clear up
Put on a happy face.
Brush off the clouds and cheer up
Put on a happy face

And spread sunshine all over the place
And put on a happy face!!

So, are you putting on a happy face today?

Bruce

Posted by Bruce White

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