I am not quite sure if I will be able to convey all that is in my mind right now. But I am going to try. It may ramble, as I often do, as thoughts come to my mind, so hang in there!
Since Clay was not named the newest Celebrity Apprentice Sunday night, even though he was the clear winner to most everyone, I have seen many many things being said on the internet in various places. As someone who was there, I know we stood there stunned. There was a lot of anger and hurt, that obviously this was not a fair contest after all. Were we all duped once again? Was Arsenio in on it? WHO is to blame? Does it matter now? It doesn't change things. I have learned a long time ago, that when things happen that don't seem to be right or fair, I need to work it out, put it in the past, learn my lesson and move on! I realize it is very hard for some to do that. We all have our own journeys and I do not judge.
There is so much hate and name calling at the moment that it is making me uncomfortable. It is out there for people to read. Even the ones that it is about. I try to remember that there IS a person on the other end of it, even when it seems that person has no feelings or has done something that might be wrong in our eyes. I don't believe in punishing them or myself because of them. Some don't want to go to the Gala for the National Inclusion Project just because Arsenio will be there! I would hope they could remember the purpose of the gala in the first place. Raising funds so all children belong. So all children can play. Inclusion. As a parent of a child with a disability, well young man now, I have lived through a lot of discrimination against him, have seen him treated badly in many ways. And it hurts. I have also seen first hand what inclusion can do. Not only for him but for others. Kids and adults have truly been forever changed. You can tell people until you are blue in the face, but sometimes it isn't enough. You have to show them. I remember a long time ago, I belonged to a stay at home mom email group. Little did I know that one of them that was so AGAINST inclusion sent the rest of them a scathing email about it. She even went so far to say that it was "Obvious, I did not win the genetic lottery" That cut deep into my soul....its been a lot of years....but I will never ever forget it. So to me, it IS about the cause. The bonus of Clay singing? Awesome of course. And I realize that is why some people go and not the cause...but it all reality it IS his gala for HIS charity raising money for ALL to belong. It is their decision who they present to, and now, who performs. I for one cannot wait to be there!
I have learned to practice forgiveness. We have talked about it before. Forgiveness is for me. It is so I can live with myself. I find it easier to get through each day when I have a forgiving loving heart. I try to be positive in all I do and encounter. I have learned that life is too short and if I don't live by those guidelines, I may be robbing myself of that joy I need to find each day, of a smile, a laugh. I don't like to be sad or angry. I don't like how it feels.
And I don't like the word hate. It is such a bad feeling word that I try never to say it about people. I could have growing up say I hate my stepfather.. Easily. But it made me uncomfortable then and it does now. Have I never said it? Probably in anger sure...... but it is such a strong strong word I really try not to. I prefer LOVE. Like even. It just makes me feel better in my skin.
I have no idea if this is even close to what I wanted to say, but it is what came through my fingers to the page!
So I try never to say hate, I have to practice forgiveness a lot. But for me, no one else. And then I try to move on. That is just what works for me.
Tomorrow I will be sitting in on a Let's All Play training. I know I will be revitalized again. I will be reminded of why the Gala is very important, why the mission of the National Inclusion Project is vital and I cant wait to come home and share all about it!
Hope you can find the joy today...if even a little. For a bit.
And that my friends is what is on my mind right now!