I almost never watch TV. The other night I felt compelled to turn it on and the screen lit up with the words OSAMA BIN LADEN IS DEAD under live coverage of cheering crowds in front of the White House. As I watched Marianne Williamson’s words rang in my mind. (bold is mine)
“A Course in Miracles says that miracles rise from conviction. Conviction is everything now. It’s not enough to be educated, or informed; we need to be convicted. If you want to see conviction, watch the terrorists. I can’t imagine a “kind of, sort of, sometimes, casually, when it’s convenient” committed terrorist. Those people are horrifyingly committed. Hatred in fact has a perverse kind of courage. On the other hand I know a lot of people – who among us hasn’t been there? –who are “kind of, sort of, sometimes, casually, when it’s convenient” committed to love. I think there are far more lovers than haters on this planet, but human evolution is being held hostage by a relatively few haters. And that’s for the simple reason that they hate with conviction and real intent. When we begin to love with greater conviction and real intent, then things will change.”
I dare you to stand with conviction and real intent for love. Instead of celebrating Bin Laden’s death ask yourself, “If I were to love with even more conviction and intent than they hate what would I say? What would I do? And go do it. Do it everyday. Do a little more everyday. With conviction. With intent. Even when it is not convenient or easy.