Strange(rs) No More

“Be the change that you want to see in the world.”
– Ghandi

 

Hate crimes, bullying, rape, domestic violence, prejudice… sometimes it seems like this world is an awful place. There are days where everywhere I’ve turned I’ve witnessed some kind of pain, small and large; these are the days that make me strong. Ever since my middle school years spent as the target of seemingly tireless, remorseless bullies I have wanted to make a change. I’ve tried big things and small things, projects not worth even touching on here… but nothing worked. My mistake? Looking outward.

Be the change you wish to see in the world, its that simple. I can practice tolerance, I can live my life with love and kindness for everyone I meet. What I cannot do, however, is talk others into doing the same; their change, just like mine, must come from within. That’s where this challenge comes into place. We all have prejudices, I’m the first to admit I have them as well but those prejudices are baseless – once you try to understand the person you harbor so much hate against, you can find a way to love them.

So, the assignment is simple. First, think of someone you don’t like; someone who makes you nervous, uncomfortable; someone who is just so different from you that there’s no way you’ll ever get along; someone who is weird; someone who challenges your beliefs; someone who bullied you; someone you’ve never met. Now, talk to them. Invite them for coffee. Go for a walk. Get to know them. I promise you, after this nothing in your life will be the same. This assignment is about knocking down walls, about wrapping our hearts around someone we never would have tried to meet normally. About confronting our prejudices head on with real, human interaction. It’s about giving ourselves over to love, for everyone, so that others might try the same.

The next step is optional, it’s all up to you; if you want it to end here it can – move on with a new understanding, hopefully even a new friend or two! However, if you feel so changed, so moved, that you want to share – please write in! My goal, eventually, is to feature a new story each day among other positive articles, quotes, interviews, and images.

 

All emails can be sent to imaginejill@gmail.com. Picture accompaniments, drawings, poetry, and other forms of expression are completley welcome as well!

7 thoughts on “Strange(rs) No More

  1. I did that last year. Surprisingly with me dad and it did make me feel much better. Maybe because it was the right thing to do. I didn’t fins anything about him that I hadn’t already known, but it was refreshing, it was a relief to be freed from all the hatred, tension, resentment and stress.

    Your exercise is a great idea. I hope you had many responses.

  2. You’re the first! Thank you for being the first :) I’m so glad you managed to come to peace with your dad and find that freedom, I really hope more people can do the same!

  3. well, yeah, I am glad I did this as well. I’m not over my daddy issues and I never will be probably, but I just thought it could make things better and it did. So yeah maybe we should try doing things that we totally think are hopless and pointless because they could eventually result in something good.

  4. Hello!
    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language ;)
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

  5. Hi ! ;)
    I am Piter Kokoniz. Just want to tell, that I like your blog very much!
    And want to ask you: will you continue to post in this blog in future?
    Sorry for my bad english:)
    Tnx!
    Your Piter Kokoniz, from Latvia

  6. I just wanted to say, I think your blog is amazing.

    I find it very powerful and find myself nodding constantly when I’m reading it.

    I try and talk to people like you described above and for me it’s usually the best part of my day.

    Even something as little as smiling at them can be a big change and although I know it’s cliched but ‘it makes the world a brighter place’.

    Thank you :)

  7. Pingback: August 23rd, 24th, and 25th « Imagine Today

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s