Feelings About the Case
After ingesting so much information about the Trayvon Martin case, we are left with more questions than answers — as it often is in challenging experiences.
The questions range from “Why did this happen?” to “What should I do now?”
There is so much that one can say about this case. However, I think what’s most important is what YOU can do now no matter your race, beliefs, or view of the case.
We should strive to move forward in our thinking, our feelings, and our actions. Our forward progress should only be toward the common goal of us all, which is to live a better life and create a better world.
My belief of how we can progress forward is rooted in three simple actions: Reflect, Understand, and Protest.
All of these actions are to be done within oneself.
Let me explain how.
Your Action Steps
When confronted with the types of emotions that are involved in the Martin case, you have to wonder what to do with these emotions.
First, realize your emotions are always a reflection of you. They come from inside of you. Although an external event or experience may trigger your emotions, they are never the true cause. Second, emotions create energy. This energy is always directed toward creative or destructive actions.
Self reflection will show you where your emotions are coming from, how to handle what you’re feeling, and where to focus your energy. When you reflect on your emotions, you know where they come from, why they come from this place, and where they are going now. Your emotions are the guiding forces for your actions. Your emotions are the incredible surge of energy radiating through your body, which can be directed towards creation or destruction. By taking the time to do self reflection, we can direct our emotions toward productive actions.
Understanding is probably one of the hardest things for many to do when dealing with issues such as this case. However, understanding has the potential to give us insight into other’s perspectives and even shift our own perspective.
The first people we should seek to understand is ourselves. When we understand ourselves completely, we can begin to see commonalities with ourselves and everyone else in the world. We all share the ability to love and fear. These emotions birth all others. When we understand this concept we can begin to understand the feelings of other people.
As we start to move away from fear and embrace love, we expand our understanding of other’s emotions. When we can reach out to others in love, despite how they may initially treat us, we create an opportunity to find a common place where growth in consciousness can begin.
When you understand yourself you will understand others, by understanding others we all can begin to see eye to eye.
This higher level of understanding will create further progress towards physical actions you can take that will get us all to our common goal of a better world.
Protest is not only a demonstration in some form of rally or riot, a protest is creating an objection with words or actions.
I think that we all must protest fear and a fearful mindset. I believe fear lead to the events that took place between Trayvon and George. Fear also is guiding how people respond to the verdict.
Fear is a destructive force that leads to destructive actions. It keeps us all from truly connecting to each other. As we choose to live in fear, we create more fear. If we are all afraid of each other, how can we ever grow with each other? How can we build a better world together?
When we falsely believe our fear is justified, we constantly fight for our ideas, beliefs, and point of views because we fear other perspectives.
Trayvon’s life has taught us so much. It has revealed to us the imbalance of our understandings of each other, our fear of each other, and our lack of direction toward common place with each other. When we protest fear, we can focus more on love. This powerful emotion, love, will guide us to actions that bring us together and not further separate us. Each person has a purpose for their life. When we choose to love, we open up to our life’s purpose and can contribute to that better world we’re all desiring.
It looks like we’ll continue to see a lot about this case in the media. As we continue to digest this information, we should remember our life has value no matter who we are. We have control over our lives. We can all make choices that bring us closer together.
Take the time and review the actions above.
Find ways where you can see yourself in all human beings, including George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin.
I have done these three things and it has really opened my mind to the case.
I can understand that both George and Trayvon were afraid, and I know how destructive fear can be. I believe Trayvon should have lived but I am graetful that his life has meaning to teach us the lessons we are now learning. All over the country, and even in other parts of the world, we’re having real conversations about race for the first time in a very long time.
I am learning that change begins with me. If the world needs more understanding, less fear, and more reflection, than I must start implementing these things into my own life. I protest fear no matter the potential outcome because living with fear attracts more fear. I choose to work towards a goal that will help us all live better, love better, and truly be a community of human beings.
I hope you can do the same.