“If love is universal, no one can be left out.” ~ Deepak Chopra
Celebrating sixteen years of perfectly imperfect marriage this week, conflicted feelings wash over me. While I’m thrilled for my gay friends who finally share the right to marry in this country, the disrespectful dialogue generated by the ruling has been bewildering. Although derogatory commentary is sadly the norm these days, hearing the hypocritical roar from the so-called “religious” sector hollowed my soul.
Shouldn’t we be focusing on treating one another with dignity rather than groveling over marital definitions? After all, we’re an extremely diverse nation with a myriad of beliefs. Can’t we simply agree to disagree and respectfully move forward? Maybe even celebrate our differences and learn a wee bit along the way??
Heck, my husband and I said our vows on a beach and chose not to have children. In the eyes of some, we’re not “truly” married. Thankfully, we never had to go to court to argue whether our love was worthy of the marriage label.
With negativity dampening spirits aplenty, I keep returning to what I believe is a universal covenant:
I am a mere human, placed upon this earth to judge no one!
As a flight attendant, privileged to interact with hundreds of amazingly unique humanoids on a daily basis, I know how rapidly my day deteriorates when I fail to honor this fundamental principle.
Will I open my mind or open my mouth?
Endear or alienate?
Leave a peaceful trail or one of dissension?
Spread love or animosity?
Despite routine stumbles, whenever I don my compassionate heart, joy colorizes my life beautifully…