These struggles between people, often boils down to wielding power. People become so consumed with their view, they can see no other and believe their way is the only right way. Since disagreements ensue, paranoia is planted and cultivated, which then causes accusations and then more issues. These issues and accusations creates divisions which then creates even more disagreements. It becomes a vicious circle unless it gets stopped somewhere along the way. But it’s a decision to be made. It doesn’t just happen!
In our daily lives we deal with financial and job issues, marriage, children and teenager situations, aging parents, homelessness, education inadequacies, diet, health problems of all kinds, even issues related to our pets who have become such an important part of our family.
But having power is completely different than being “empowered.” Our power hungry ego system is what drives us to push for control and obsess with gaining more and more than those around us. It doesn’t matter that what we obtain in material wealth, has little value in the long term, and leaves us insecure and constantly searching for new and creative ways to grow more and more wealth.
As this insecurity grows, rest and peace seem only “friends” we once knew, so we turn to other forms, like substance or alcohol abuse, gaming, pornography, or any other kind of addiction you can imagine, which is only temporary and false. It is a deception that has become part of our society, and sadly more the norm rather than abnormal.
We are driven by our thoughts, whether positive or negative. When our thoughts are slipping down the slippery slope of self absorption, we lose empowerment even as we try to wield power. The opposite of being totally caught up in ourselves is to inspire others to be the best they can be. This mindset often gives us unlimited personal empowerment, since this focus catapults us forward.
We are all people with a variety of backgrounds, upbringing, ideas, goals and perspectives. There are going to be different opinions on just about everything. But we need to take a step back and see the differences without allowing a power struggle to get the upper hand. Not everyone is right all the time. There are often more than one or even two options for agreement.
So I challenge you to instead of trying to usurp power, consider other people’s opinions this week, when different from yours as, “just different” rather than wrong. It is here you will find empowerment!