My final installment on what motivates us will end with what beliefs motivate us, for we act according to our thoughts; yet, something within each of us forces us to stop before acting on every thought that enters our head/mind, unless of course you are psychologically disturbed. We are all human and imperfect. The conscience in many of us is formed from our upbringing and the beliefs that were instilled in us from our primary caregivers. Those caregivers for many of us were our parents. So what are we teaching our children today? The foundation on which I was raised was based on the religious beliefs of Christianity; yet, even if you are not religious you were brought up to believe in something.
Do you believe in good? Do you believe in treating others the way you want to be treated? Do you believe that we are all equal or do you believe than the color of your skin, the size of your bank account makes you better than others? What we think often is reflected in how we treat others. As a physician, I am forced every day to stop and think about my beliefs, especially when confronted by blatant racism and overt discrimination. We never like to discuss this topic, we think it no longer exists; however, that is absolutely untrue. It is not always easy, but I have to take the higher road and treat everyone with respect; it does not mean that I allow you to walk over me rather it means I extend the simple courtesies due each person.
I was really impressed by Serena Williams’ decision to return to Indian Wells (see blog post on “Forgiveness” dated 03/14/2015), she did so because of her religious beliefs.
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