Daily Reflection

“If you want to change what’s going on around you, change what’s going on within you.” (Billy Cox)

Everyone seems to be talking about the upcoming 2020 Presidential Election now. It’s pretty much a constant discussion these days on social media, primetime news, late night talk shows, amongst friends, and more, most of it slanted with negativity. From my perspective, there’s an extremely strong division in our country right now and sadly, it’s probably only going to get worse before it gets better. Why? Because people continue to believe that their life is somehow going to be better or worse depending on who the President of the United States is (POTUS).

I have never understood why the hope of our nation constantly gets placed as much as it does in the top political seat of our country. Personally, I tend to feel that the real work in seeing our nation change for the better doesn’t happen “up there” or “out there”, it happens “down here” and “in me”. For our nation to come together and to see it in a much brighter light, it’s never going to come from whomever is POTUS or what laws they pass or what policies they make. It’s only going to come from going within and working through what causes us to see the world in such a negative light in the first place.

This is precisely why I’ve never been much of a political individual. It’s why I’m not Pro or Anti current POTUS or any future potential POTUS either. Instead, I choose to spend that energy working on myself to become a better person who treats people equally, who embraces what’s different, by letting others be themselves, even if I don’t understand their paths. It’s also why I do my best to protect the environment, to constantly help those addicted, to regularly give to the needy and poor, to not judge, to be kind to all living creatures, and so on.

Of course, I have my own opinions on all those major political issues our country continues to face, but what gives me the right to feel any of my stances are correct. Far too often, so many of us get caught up in attempting to make others believe our own political stances are the only correct ones, which in turn leads to heavily supporting a specific POTUS. In doing so, battle lines get laid, arguments ensue, and we all start heading in the exact opposite direction of loving each other unconditionally, the very thing that I tend to believe should be the highest focus of our nation, and the world as well.

From what history has shown, there’s never going to be a perfect POTUS who’ll ever be able to make enough political changes to please everyone. The only way any of us will ever truly find the peace and balance we seek is by taking a deeper look within and working on healing our own broken compasses, as when we do, a much Higher light will start guiding us to see we are the catalysts to change and not the POTUS or anyone else…

Dear God, help me to stop focusing “out there” on what I think needs to be changed, and help me to see what needs to be changed within, as only then do I know will I begin to see the world in a much brighter light.

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson