The road is not forking.
There was a saying once: United we stand. Divided we fall. Just a reminder.
As Americans, we claim all things valid must somehow have originated here. It was a feeling more than it ever was a fact. We might want to reconsider that, given the truth that exceptionalism is rather undemocratic.
It’s difficult to sincerely want to cooperate without actually cooperating. And it’s the innate goodness, the urging towards compassion and genuine caring, that often prompts us towards tolerance and patience. When our intentions and our actions align, when what we say we will try to do is what we actually try to do, we have a good feeling about ourselves. It’s the honest, goodness of our integrity and awareness aligned.
It’s been my experience. When I am trying to be honest, patient and kind, I feel better about myself and life . . . I have no need to compare myself with anyone else . . . when I’m saying and doing what is being true to the goodness I’ve chosen to align myself with. When I choose otherwise, to ignore or go against what I know better than to . . . well, I have always felt worse, not better, whenever I do.
As I grow into alignment, I feel better. I am not a better-quality person than anyone else. I am a person who is choosing to live in a fashion that seems to attract more goodness, from within myself and from the one’s I’m interacting with . . . strangers, friends and family alike.
The positive downstream effects of all this mindful choosing are often not immediately apparent. Don’t worry about that. Just trust, that the goodness itself is its own joy and reward. But you’ve heard that cliché before.