A little desert perspective


I have gone from Oman to Dubai in the past two weeks. Desert living is a time to rest. My senses have taken in and captured this environment that breaks down everything to sand. It also broke me down and made me realize that I am conditioned to think a certain way about the Middle East, about religion and I forgot about acceptance.

Here in this part of the world is Islam. I am not Islamic. I was born and raised Christian. People of this faith have surrounded me and I realized a few days ago in Dubai the way I experience the world doesn’t match the actual experience that’s happening around me, it is matching what I already think. I retrieve the thoughts that match what I already think. It is a bias that I didn’t realize I had. So when a man offered to help Derek carry a bag to the car and Derek declined and the man said, “I teach my children to serve others and how can I teach them without doing it myself.” It clicked. My experience will match the energy I have.

What is right and what is wrong kicks in when we only have our own perspective. But if we try and have 2-3 different perspectives we create humanity. When I hold many perspectives is where I grow and where I learn to listen. We all are living the lives we feel comfortable with. They are the lives we want to keep and each life deserves acknowledgement. What can I say, I am a working progress and am simply gaining a little perspective out here in the desert.


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  • Sandra Jolley
    Posted at 13:23h, 13 April Reply

    I think traveling opens your eyes to see the world and what it is… their is good people all over the world

  • Tija Tija
    Posted at 13:24h, 13 April Reply

    Media is never motivated by love. That’s why I have a bunch of stuff in front of my Tv and a remote control somewhere below the sofa. No Tv -better life

  • Ramona M. McNeil
    Posted at 13:25h, 13 April Reply

    Beautifully written Kenzie. As I have learned, a belief is just a thought we keep thinking. I have challenged many of my beliefs and so glad I have. Love is all there rally is.

  • Carol Tillotson
    Posted at 13:25h, 13 April Reply

    Great experience for your children to see that

  • Toni Sorensen
    Posted at 13:26h, 13 April Reply

    Love you. Love your heart.

  • Sherri Lynn Gardikis
    Posted at 13:27h, 13 April Reply

    Great message, I loved visiting Israel, had the best watermelon ever

  • Klaudia Szabó
    Posted at 13:27h, 13 April Reply

    Beautiful thoughts. I love reading your posts. They always teach me something new.

  • Anna Tillotson
    Posted at 13:28h, 13 April Reply

    Beautifully written!

  • Gabriela Maria
    Posted at 13:29h, 13 April Reply

    Beautiful read! Thanks for sharing

  • Mariam Suliman
    Posted at 13:30h, 13 April Reply

    As always you never fail to inspire. As a Muslim woman I’m constantly challenged even though SA has such an amazing support for all religions I find myself constantly having to prove myself to others and when I became aware that’s when I stopped doing it because I realized I owe it to no one to be me.
    My choices , my life and most importantly my Creator and I will please Him only, not any man not even hubby could hold me back from what I want to do if I put my mind to it. And my kids are taught the same: Treat people the way you want to be treated(Ubuntu).
    In that niche I’ve found myself, I’m proudly a Muslim woman and I’m proudly South African and that’s home to me, to my soul.

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