Lana Vaughan

The Queen of Questions

Only the names have been changed…

In 1970 cartoonist Walt Kelly famously paraphrased a famous quote for an Earth Day poster that featured characters from his long-running strip Pogo and mourned the sad state of the environment.”We have met the enemy, and he is us” it read. This came to mind last night during a discussion over dinner. I made the following statement “If your message and the message of your enemy are the same with only the names reversed you are the same as your enemy.” Matt asked me who said that. I said “I did, just now.”

It got me to thinking which usually gets me to writing. If the names were changed would I say some of the things I say? Would you? Our words are a reflection of our heart toward others but shout most loudly about our own heart first. Does the kindness in me see the kindness in you? Or does my insecurity about my fashion choices cause me to question yours? Does my mercy received reflect in my mercy extended? Does my quiet reserve look like your unfriendly coldness or does my unfriendly coldness look like your quiet reserve? Does my fear of your rejection cause you to reject me first? Or does my open acceptance make way for your own?

There is a line from a movie that says “People do not see the world as it is but as they are”.

Today I am considering the message…only the names have been changed.

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  1. Lana, you are the most insightful woman I have ever met in my life. The Lord has truly Blessed me with such a sweet dedicated woman to serve the Lord. You remind me of our responsibility to live a God filled life each and every day. You have an amazing talent to be so incredible with words that you reach to the depths of ones soul. Love you

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