Last week I posted the video above sharing a very special, and even sacred place, for our family.
I knew I was taking a risk in doing so.
The comments received were all positive and supportive, until the video began to make the rounds.
When things get popular online, there is usually a swelling of support at first, and then the angry people, mostly strangers hiding behind keyboards, rear their heads.
To respond or not respond always seems to be the question.
Want to know what they said?
I am not going to share with you what was commented, as it’s not important, and I admit I didn’t give them any energy by responding, but you can go find it if you’re that curious within the feeds of my social media pages.
What I am going to share instead is that it began a conversation about what a sacred place is for every person.
For some it was the mountains, alone time, or being with family.
Thanksgiving has just been celebrated, and now we enter that holiday season of December, when so many faiths, beliefs, and traditions bring our year to a busy, yet conclusive, reflection of our gratitude for sacred things and places in our lives.
There will be, and should be, a lot of sharing of sacred places in the coming month.
No matter your faith practice, whether you agree or disagree with mine, the neighbor, or random person on your social media feed, the point is this:
Can we recognize and be respectful of others in their sacred places, even when different than ours?
The Promise to be a good human includes scrolling past posts we disagree with and not saying anything, instead of picking a fight.
If you feel compelled to pin someone down on what they’re promoting then reach out to them privately and personally, have a conversation like real people.
I received many more positives than negatives with my post, and that’s encouraging.
Thank you to the many who shared their sacred place thoughts, as it truly lifted my soul.
I also got a private email that was so uplifting I felt the need to ask the sender if I could share it with you.
This friend of mine and I met when I spoke at an event recently.
We do not have the exact same beliefs, although we have similarities, and share many of the same practices as men striving to be our best, and we both respectfully recognize that.
The way he wrote this message was so wonderful I asked if I could share it exactly as he sent it, and with his gracious permission, here it is from my friend, Thomas Korth of Oakland County, Michigan.
“Mornings with God, the best part of my day!”
I love that phrase from Tom.
I have the same practice, and share it with you to ask:
What is your Promise to yourself and daily living that which is your sacred place?
~ Jason Hewlett
Husband, Father, Writer, Mentor, Hiker
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