Friday, December 16, 2005

Holiday Offense

For all of you out there who are offended by someone or corporations using "Merry Christmas", "Happy Hanukkah", or even the neutral "Happy Holidays." GET OVER YOURSELF.

I like this snippet from from Dr. Wayne Dyer. (By the way, if the word "god" offends you, feel free to put in "higher power" or even exchange "good" for "god". Don't get lost in the easily offensive details without reading the entire thing...and then THINK about it.) : "1. Stop being offended. The behavior of others isn’t a reason to be immobilized. That which offends you only weakens you. If you’re looking for occasions to be offended, you’ll find them at every turn. This is your ego at work convincing you that the world shouldn't be the way it is. By all means, act to eradicate the horrors of the world, which emanate from massive ego identification, but stay in peace. As A Course in Miracles reminds us: Peace is of God, you who are part of God are not at home except in his peace. Being is of God, you who are part of God are not at home except in his peace. Being offended creates the same destructive energy that offended you in the first place and leads to attack, counterattack, and war. "

I think the important thing to remember, especially when dealing with the seasons greetings you may come across this time of year, is that the intent of the sender. When an individual says, "Merry Christmas" they are wishing you the spirit of joy that they experience this time of year, regardless of your religious beliefs. They're not trying to be a missionary out to convert you to Christianity. If you hear someone say, "Happy Holidays"...they really DO want you to be happy. They're not trying to neuter your religious or non-religious convictions, so don't attempt to perceive it that way.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

A rose by any other name...

is still a rose.

-Niffiwan

Kristen said...

the previous comment seems to have said it all -- much better than i could. but i just wanted to say i agree - "being offended creates the same destructive energy that offended you in the first place..." thank you for the reminder that the intent is the message coming across, nothing to convert, to change, etc.

kristen
www.ShiftTheGame.com