It doesn't hurt To Be. To Be kind. To Be yourself. To Be different.
Our society is not always the best at letting us BE....so actually it does hurt sometimes.
We try everyday to give the best of ourselves to our family, our spouses, our children, our co-workers, to strangers that we meet. And yet, with all our best intentions, people don't always appreciate it and some take it for granted or even hurt us.
"human being (noun): a man woman, or child of the species Homo sapiens, distinguished from other animals by superior mental development, power of articulate speech, and upright stance." --New Oxford Dictionary
Since we have this "superior mental development, power of articulate speech, and an upright stance", then why are so many of us... sad.
With all this cool stuff of "superior mental development and articulate speech, and an upright stance", we all should be super-grateful and happy everyday that we don't crawl around on all fours and that we can order food, or be in places of influence.
When we try on our own strength To Be kind, To Be ourselves, To Be different...it saps us of energy when people don't respond as we hoped they would and our good intentions can be harder and harder to muster up eventually causing us to be cynical and exhausted.
Why should we then continue To Be when others don't care or hurt us back?
It all comes down to why you think you are on this earth and why you are alive. Your life and my life, is something that is a miracle, a chance, a gift.
As females, we are born with a million eggs. Starting at puberty, once a month, only one of these eggs gets released from a female ovary. And one sperm needs to pass through toxic cervical mucus and race against a million other sperm to get to that egg to fertilize it into a human BEing.
So ... your life and my life, is something that is indeed a miracle, a chance, a gift!
So, how is it that we can "distinguish ourselves from other animals"?
It is more than just that we have "superior mental development": it is how we use it. It is more than the "power of articulate speech": it is how we say things. It is more than just an upright stance": it is how we walk.
What drives the "how" in these things is different for each of us.
For me, the "how" is driven by my trusty Spirit Guide, Jesus Christ. He guides me everyday in how I should BE as a human BEing. He has never left me for the past 39 years and promises to never leave me no matter what because when I accepted him to be my Lord and Savior at the age of 9, He took up residence in my heart and has been a permanent tenant and best friend ever since.
Jesus living through me is the only way that I don't run out of BEing: BEing kind, BEing myself, BEing different. For my life is not for me to exist on this Earth for me; on the contrary, my life existing on this Earth is actually for Him to be seen and glorified and not me.
As Rich Mullins, Christian Songwriter (1955-1997) so beautifully stated, "We find our lives by giving it away." "We do not find happiness by being assertive. We don't find happiness by running over people because we see what we want and they are in the way of that happiness so we either abandon them or we smash them. The Scriptures don't teach us to be assertive. The Scriptures teach us--and this is remarkable--the Scriptures teach us to be submissive. This is not a popular idea."
So, if you think I am super Kind or super Nice....it is not me that is super Kind or super Nice; you are actually seeing my Jesus. This Jesus that loves you already just as you are and hopes to fill that empty spot in your heart that yearns for a love relationship with YOU as well.
So, when we as human BEings realize why we were placed on this Earth... there will be a lot less sadness and a lot more.... extra.
As always, Look with Intention