I discovered the #LoveHasNoBorders on Twitter where interracial families, friends and couples are sharing their stories. In light of the upsetting xenophobia which has been pushed forward particularly by the far right, who fail to understand that every story has it’s own human face and merits, I thought this quick post was fitting.
As the world gets smaller, borders seem to be getting unfairly discriminatory towards people who just want to live, love and not have to face the horrendous attitude and prejudices towards immigrants at the moment. Borders are superficial, but the emotions created by treating someone without dignity are real. As I said, every story has a human face. People migrate to new countries all the time for many reasons whether that be for work, refuge or to join family. And through that journey there is love, hardships and potential fear, especially if leaving a dangerous country to seek refuge. Compassion does not have to mean accepting anyone anywhere at anytime without any form of criteria, but it does mean respecting that fundamentally we are all human, and fear of a minority group should not overtake our solidarity and desire to offer support to those who need it most.
Let us build bridges, not walls and understand that we all have far more in common than our differences. Nationality is determined by a piece of paper but how you treat those who are different to you can never be bought.
I haven’t posted in a while so here is a quick post of some quotes 😀 A lot of these quotes are Sufi influenced as I love their quotes/literature:) I will be back to regular postings soon x
‘A river cuts through a rock not because of it’s strength,
but it’s persistence’
‘Do not try and walk proudly. You can neither tear the Earth apart nor rival the mountains in height’
‘The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, but the illusion of knowledge’
‘The very center of your heart – the most beautiful place on Earth – is where life begins’
‘Forgiveness is the fragrance that a flower gives when crushed’
‘Only love gives value to wealth and power’
‘The moon shines because it does not escape the night. The rose is scented because it has embraced the thorn’
‘If you don’t try and achieve your dreams, someone will eventually hire you to achieve theirs’
‘If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary’
‘Never limit yourself because of other’s limited imagination’
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There is still a good six hours to go before the New Year truly begins in the UK, marked by the always spectacular yearly fireworks display in London. However, firework celebrations have already begun in many countries such as Australia and Taiwan, so I’d like to take this as my last blog post of 2014 and wish you all a happy, safe and blessed new year. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
This has been my first year of blogging, and as coincidental as this sounds, I first opened my blog on the 1st of January 2013! I guess I wanted to do it as a new start to the year, even though I only actually wrote on it regularly several months in. Who would’ve believed that I would make it to the end of the year? I doubt I kept any resolutions I made last year (as most of us do!) and so I thought I’d share not my resolutions for the year, but my wishes for the year, to the rest of the world. As much as the New Year is a time of celebration, the atrocities committed in the past year, and as recently as the last month or so were devastating. This leads me on to my biggest wish ever – to see peace on Earth!! It’s said again and again every year, but that simply highlights how important it is. The best way to defeat war is through love! So many people die and suffer at the hands of those who have justified their actions in the name of religion, politics and greed. Another dream is to see religions peacefully co-exist, like it should always be. The core of every religion is love, which is what connects them all. The foundations of their teachings are morals and love so the fact that people abuse this is heartbreaking and a real insult to those who are going through such hardships where religion may be all they have ❤
Becoming a better person in every way you can is truly beneficial to you and the world. A person of genuine peace and kindness is reflected like the sun’s rays through their personality, and this generates positivity to those who really need it.
Remember, peace starts with YOU. War and hatred starts and ends with US. Let’s not take it to 2015.
And, once again, HAPPY NEW YEAR! Make the most!
Peace, Bushra xxx