“May you experience all the joy that life may thrust upon you, and just enough sorry that you know and appreciate the difference!”
When I was eleven years old, this is what my father wrote in my autograph book on the day that I graduated from grammar school (sixth grade). These words were full of his prayers, as well as wisdom that he wanted to pass down to me.
These opposites: (joy and sorrow, saint and sinner, left and right, right and wrong, etc.) are essential in order to experience, and be grateful for, whatever life hands us. This is why I asked how you are affected by the labels put upon you (internally or externally – by you and others). These “polar opposites” exist inside of all of us. What mattered most to me is when I decided on which polar plane did I want to exist? I first needed to understand what labels I put upon myself so I could determine which ones propelled me forward and which ones were holding me back. Once realized, my choice was to nourish the ones I considered positive perceptions and quickly recognize the strength of the others so I could find ways to counter the effects. As an illustration, I made up a word (diff-abled), turned it into my philosophy, and defined the words (handicapped, disabled, and crippled) so I could introduce a new way of looking at a person. This is not as hard as it might sound.
I was quite surprised when I externalized this process. How did I perceive others? For example, once I accepted that good and evil exist in all of us, I then started asking myself: “what is happening in this person’s life to make them act a certain way?” The benefit was two-fold because I impeded a judgment on my perceptions, and my attempts were more supportive of reducing or eliminating the cause of the stress. This action is more in tune with my soul purpose.
Come back to my blog (http://VincentROrlando.com/Blog) on Monday because I will be expanding on the topic of polar opposites with a more spiritual thought process.