We are all screens; or at least that’s how I see it. Everyone is reflecting and projecting their background, environment and society. Some portray what they have grown up to witness in their neighborhoods; others are also projecting what they wish their society should be like.
We sometimes wonder how different could be in terms of perspectives and values although they might be attending the same schools and/or living in similar neighborhoods. It’s probably because one child gets a daily boost of confidence from home; being told he can be anything he wants to be if he puts his mind to it. The other is told he was accidentally born and has nothing good to offer the world; thus steps out with an already defeated and apathetic attitude.
Some people are unbelievably rude and fouled-mouthed because they were raised in an atmosphere where parents are constantly insulting each other for breakfast, lunch and dinner as if it’s a therapist’s prescription. Others are kind-hearted because they grew up in an environment where sharing was done in a spirit of love with no return favor intentions.
Everyone is fighting his own battle; some projecting their frustrations more forcibly than others. Some people feel messed up because they grew up in broken homes, had their hearts broken by manipulative people and their monies wasted because of addictions like drinking and gambling. Some others have survived the horrors of their childhood and wish to make the world a better place thus reflecting charity, peace and unity. If only those with good hearts would shine out as stars in the darkness and not be afraid of the dark…
Kids project the values of their parents, employees project the vision of their employer/organization, governments reflect the people (or should be) and Christians are ambassadors of God’s love to the world. Although we may fall short sometimes, His grace is sufficient enough to get us back on our feet.
No matter what or who you believe in, you don’t have to write it on your forehead or wear a customized T-shirt to proclaim who you are, whose you are and where you came from. Your life projects that whether you are conscious of that or not. So if you believe in good sanitation, practice it; don’t just talk about it. If you like your privacy, respect that of others as well. If you believe God loves you regardless of what your past, what right do you have to judge someone? Our mandate is to show love to everyone and not to determine who deserves to part of God’s family or not. Be known for your actions, not just your words.
Be a screen for goodwill, charity, tolerance, self-control, peace, respect, co-operation, humanism, patriotism and above all, love. When people battered with all life’s nasties look up at you, let them find hope that life has much more good things in store for them. You’re a projector; be mindful of what you’re reflecting.
Josephine Amoako © 2016