Apr 06, 2018 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.