Good Morning Fellow Traveler's!
Today on the Survival Road I was going to talk, again, about too much information. I was looking around at the headlines and realized it felt a lot like addiction - if I stopped I might miss the next big thing (high) and be left behind.
But then I found this:
The Rapid Rise of Isis around the World from the Daily Mail
In this article you will find graphics, pictures, videos, and stories from around the world where different groups are claiming their allegiance to ISIS.
And while I don't write this post to instill fear, unless we look, think, and then decide for ourselves we won't be walking our road, we'll find ourselves moved by the masses down a road we really don't want to travel.
Do you remember the game Red Rover?
For some reason this game popped into my head when thinking about why radical groups are taking hold around the world.
After watching the video which I encourage you to do and then just 'think' about how we are reacting to what is happening in our world as refugees are crossing the borders like crazy...
And then think about who is calling who 'over' and what happens when they run to the other side.
Is anyone holding hands in solidarity? Or is one side just standing their observing the approaching group as if they aren't involved in the game at all?
Red Rover, Red Rover, send ____________ Over (fill in the blank).
But there is a second piece to all of this.
Remember no one is a victim but more importantly, no one likes the way it FEELS to be a victim. And when someone steps up (ISIS) and says "follow us and we will punish those who victimized you" - is it any wonder they get followers?
Rage is a powerful unifying force.
Revenge is even more powerful when it has a point of focus.
Power is real.
What we choose to do with it is the choice we are here to make. Abdicating our role in this process or pretending like we don't have any power or denying that power is at play in all of this results in one side having all the strong players and the other side being 'forced' along for the rest of the game....
Feeling powerless doesn't feel good.
The difficult question in all of this is how do we take our power back when the other side is doing everything they can to disempower us.
And if violence isn't the answer, what is?
Which brings me back to the game Red Rover.
When strength unifies where it stands, it is unbreakable.
Come on over, but don't expect this side to just stand around with our hands on our hips wondering what is happening?
Power and strength isn't about resisting or fighting against what you don't want running at you.
It is about the spark inside you.
Have you ever been in the presence of true power that isn't evil?
It is calm, collected, and focused. Remember Bruce Lee and his one inch punch?
The point isn't about hurting the other to protect your self. The point is all the power lies inside you - but you have to want it, own it, be it, and project it.
Not from fear. Not from a place of being a victim. And not with the caveat that says 'please don't hurt or kill me'.
Power says you can't hurt me, kill me, or break me.
You can charge me and I will stand alone if I must. But what would happen if we all stood together - not from hate, but from the real power that lies in Peace?
The strength of peace that knows rage, revenge, hate, anger, violence, and fear will always fail in the face of Real Power.
What I am talking about here is a big subject and today is just one day.
But we are in the middle of the game and more and more people are getting called over. At some point someone, somewhere will be running at you.
The question is who will you be as they approach - Powerful or Passive?
Just something to think about as you travel today on the Survival Road!
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