Sunday, April 19, 2015

Controversy is Liberating

Controversy is everywhere... Is the glass of water half empty or half full?

Depending on an individual's perspective it could be either – or both - maybe even neither!

The world has become a playing field for the opinions of everyone, and controversy reigns like a king on a throne.

Speaking of water, is it healthier to drink room temp or iced? There are "ye's" and "nays" for both sides.

Does organic agriculture truly result in better quality apples and oranges, or not? Is drinking coffee good or bad for you? Does eating red meat mean you will have health issues? 

Is driving a compact car going to save our planet? Is deforestation still occurring - should we recycle our paper? Do our recycled plastics and papers really get recycled? Is orange the new black???

Controversy can feel stressful to some, but try thinking about it in these terms...

Controversy is freedom - freedom of speech, freedom of thought, and freedom of action. It may not be pleasant but it is freedom.

Friendships have been broken and lost over controversial topics and events; beyond the half-full, half-empty debate. 

Countries have fought wars over lines drawn.

Household furnishings have been battled over and split in half in divorce disputes.

So how can controversy be liberating?

When you pick a side, choose an option and believe in your choice, controversy is liberating. It's not always easy, but with time it can be the best thing you ever did. 

Choosing iced water over tepid is not earth shattering, while choosing to let go of a husband, wife or lifelong friend can feel like the world is coming to an end.

Au contraire - it is one of the most liberating things a person can do to move on to the next chapter. It is the beginning of the healing process and the indicator of new horizons and new-found freedom. 

Freedom of choice is given from the universe - a spiritual gift that supports our decisions and helps us process what we need to do to move forward. It boils down to the liberation of some of the most challenging controversies, and that liberation is what buoys us in the next phase of life.