My prayer for compassion...

“A candle lit in compassion can easily illuminate the world, more than the blinding lights of anger, intolerance and violence combined." Dodinsky

First, a big shout-out to all those who Shared their Shift with me after last week's message. I know how much courage that took and I applaud you!

If you want to join them, please feel free to email me and let me know what you have shifted, or are shifting, in your life :-)

Now, onto this week's message...

Lucas and I recently watched the film, Trumbo, based on the true story of Dalton Trumbo.  He was Hollywood's most successful screenwriter - until he was placed on the blacklist in 1947 for being a member of the Communist Party.

I cannot recommend this movie enough. It was touching, funny, the acting was superb, and it shed light on an important time in American history.

All I could think afterwards was, why does intolerance like this keep happening? Can't people look at history and see that love always wins?
It happened with the Civil Rights movement.
It happened with the Women's Rights movement.
It happened with the LGBT Rights movement.
Every time people pick out a group and say that they're dangerous, evil, or to blame for all that's wrong with the world, they always end up on the wrong side of history.

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Sadly, it's still happening. As many of you know, Shift Bars was founded in North Carolina - home of the infamous and embarrassing HB2.

Passed in a one-day, specially-convened session, HB2 reversed a Charlotte ordinance that had protected transgender people who use public restrooms based on their gender identity. The new law also nullified local ordinances around the state that would have expanded protections for the LGBT community.
The law went even further, limiting how people pursue claims of discrimination because of race, religion, color, national origin, biological sex or handicap in state courts, as well as prohibiting city or county governments from setting minimum wage standards for private employers.

The backlash was immediate and severe.Hundreds of businesses called for Governor Pat McCrory to repeal the law. Musicians and artists started boycotting the state and cancelling already-scheduled performances. Thousands of physicians called for a repeal as well, saying the law unduly harms their patients.

The state and its people have lost untold amounts of revenue, not to mention become the nation's laughingstock - a bright, shining of example of intolerance. And besides adding a few token amendments, the governor's sticking by it.

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Watching Trumbo, I held onto the faith that one day very soon, this law will be relegated to the history books, along with the other relics of hatred and the need to punish people who are different.

I pray that we'll remember that we are all one, so any pain we inflict on someone else, we inflict on ourselves as well.

I trust that people will do the right thing and choose love over fear. CLICK TO TWEET

And finally, I went within to see where I still hold such fear and hate in my heart.Because the only person I'll ever have control over, is myself.

If you choose love over hate, please join me on the Shift Bars Facebook page and let everyone know that Love Always Wins...because that's my kinda L.A.W.

In solidarity,
Emily