[Monday Message] Good is an Active Choice

Negativity is the absence of positivity. Darkness is the absence of light. Evil is the absence of good.

Today, make a choice. Decide to do something about the state of your life, the state of your community, the state of the world. And then take action. You get to have a say in how things go, but you have to do something about it.

If there is negativity within you, root it out. Be mindful of your thoughts, and don’t participate in the ones that have messages of hate or fear or lack. Take action to heal your old wounds that hold you back; find someone to help you if need be. Let go of old resentments that only harm you and darken your perspective. Do things that are charitable, generous, kind, so that you can be a force for good within your own life.

If there is negativity in your immediate circle, do something about it. Don’t participate in gossip, but also speak up for people when others talk behind their back. Speak to people, with compassion, when they say things that are bigoted or hateful, understanding that they come from a place of fear. Don’t put up with boorish or downright rude behavior. Mostly, though, be an example of right action.

If there is negativity in your community, be a force for positive change. Darkness within a community is perpetuated by fear, so be courageous instead. Star a project to clean things up, or participate in an existing one. Don’t allow yourself to be bullied; bullies are usually in fear themselves, and cannot withstand courageous acts.

If you live in a place where you have the right to vote, participate in the electoral process. Vote your conscience, and encourage others to do the same. Consider volunteering for a campaign if there is a candidate worthy of your efforts. Speak out against elected officials who are not a positive voice for change. Write letters and make phone calls to your elected officials about issues that mean something to you.

It is time to take a stand. It is best to start with yourself and work your way out into the world, but make a choice for good by taking action. Do something!

This post is part of a series called Monday Message, based on that day’s reflection from 365 Days to Enlightenment (authorized versions are currently out of print, working on a new edition). Check back next Monday for another one! You can also sign up for the Daily Message on my mailing list if you’d like to receive a new reflection every day. I also often post them to Instagram, if that’s a medium you enjoy.

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