This quote spoke to me: " Our politics are our deepest form of expression: they mirror our past experiences and reflect our dreams and aspirations for the future, " Paul Wellstone.
Especially the part, "they mirror our past experiences".
It causes me to pause and ask how much power do I want to give to my past experiences? I know I'm not alone in saying that many of the past experiences that shaped my personality are not the things I want to define me. Many of the things that give me character were painful, unfair and unjust.
For example, if I made a decision in my past that was wrong, I could feel guilt and shame about the decision or I can justify the decision as the correct one in order to quell my internal pain.
Another option would be to choose people who are doing the same thing, but worse off than me, in order to feel better about myself.
So we need to ask ourselves, are we living our best lives?
What is best for others and society at large?
What would we say if our kids wanted to make the same decisions we made?
What ways are you living out of a victim mentality and blaming others to right every wrong for us?
What if we shifted our thinking a bit? What if we refused to let shame define us and choose the moral high ground?
What beauty and purpose can come from your shattered past?
What healthy shifts do you need to make in your thinking today?