When you respect yourself, you’ll respect others. You’ll respect nature, and the planet as a whole. What a difference that makes!
We all have neighbors, family and friends with different views than ours. It doesn’t make either side wrong. It’s a reminder that we must learn to peacefully coexist. A mantra many areas of this world could use right now could use.
I was raised with the thought, “Manners are what makes the other person comfortable.” Does that mean not drinking around your friend or family member who’s an alcoholic? Maybe. What about asking the vegetarian with whom you’re having lunch if it would bother them if you had a hamburger? Or, do you just forego the conversation and have pasta, again? Creating an atmosphere of comfort for others doesn’t mean you have to be ill at ease. It doesn’t necessarily mean you have to take the small cookie every time.
Communicate. Ask what makes them comfortable. Maybe you don’t have lunch with that person. Maybe they learn to talk quietly when you go into nature. I have some friends who request that people take off their shoes before coming into their home. I like keeping my shoes on, but I take them off to honor my friends. Sometimes I brings socks, or slippers to their home for my comfort.
In what small way can you practice coexisting? Can you drive in traffic and remain peaceful? Can you politely tell telemarketers, charities, and politicians you won’t be taking the phone call, and ask to be removed from their calling list? Or, is it blasting “them” and when we come home, into our sacred space we meditate, affirm love, and talk about peace?
And of course, continue to give peas a chance and visualize whirled peas.