The Upside of Conflicts

Life is what you choose. Life is what it is. And life isnít what it isnít. The struggles of any life worth living require a practice of self-liberation, as documented in freedom songs or stories from here to Timbuktu. Despite having been thrown into the throws of a mysterious universe, our heroes choose love over fear, inspiration over death, freedom over enslavement.

The truth is, all good stories and songs need a challenge or a conflict to keep the interest of the audience. In other words, transform your perspective and youíll see that no matter the challenge, you have the power to choose your destiny. As it has been said before, my enemy can drag me through the streets, burn my home, and I will still love them.

If my world is mean and unfair, I can find my inner strength and still succeed with honors. If I have no legs, I thank god for my arms. If I donít have a home, thank god for a bed under the stars. And in case I find myself lost in the world of fast food, billboards and bad health, I can still sit down and write a rap song.

Facing one such situation, hereís what I wrote yesterday ó in service to a life of inspiration, brilliance and magic:

This bright cloth of existence
Is a weaving of sacred threads fits
Colors, songs and caressed bits
Like a prayer for natural fabrics.
The fire of water, air and earth elements
I donít even mind which is which
Or better yet, if life is sandwiched
Between the heart or mindless
Ainít no ifís andís butís about it
Thank god for the goddess
The dreamer, the family and the kiss
Which creates us all in the image
Of the child which is just the village
The father which is still just the kid
Dressed in the emperorís undress
So the queen makes pajama myths
And a story of dancing bliss
Donít sleep on Pachaís oneness
Count sheep when the drum hits
Choosing to dream over ignorance!

Finish reading Aaron’s thoughts on perspective and choice at

Aaron Ableman (aka A-Natural) is a widely celebrated entertainer, author, and ecologist.

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Janice Thompson
Janice Thompson3 years ago


Camilla Vaga
Camilla V3 years ago


Deborah W.
Deborah W3 years ago

Think conflicts present to strength ... or at least give opportunity to strength who we are. Without them, and personal choice with consequences, how would we know what works, what doesn't and what to try next?

Elena T.
Elena P3 years ago

Thank you :)

Natasha Salgado
Past Member 3 years ago

Conflicts serve a purpose if handled assertively can serve us rather well.

Genoveva M M.
Genoveva M M3 years ago


Jessica K.
Jessica K3 years ago

It's good advice, but I think conflict also exists so you can define your boundaries, your limits (which will exist no matter how positive your outlook), and what your values are. I don't know if it just exists so you can realize you can smile in spite of the mean people around you. Just my opinion, of course. Thanks.

Donna F.
Donna F3 years ago

"attitude of gratitude" is an important skill. but I think this article takes a simplistic approach to hardships in life. I've found I can choose some things, but other difficulties like childhood life-threatening illnesses and being bullied by other people when one hasn't learned certain coping skills--well, a lot of people are in circumstances they haven't chosen. this article doesn't do it for me

Susan T.
Susan T3 years ago

kinda like this poem, verse, song...
being ... just being

B Lewenza
B Lewenza3 years ago

Very good article I never thought of being homeless that you could thank God for a bed under the stars. That phrase was very touching although I pray that no one is ever homeless it is still an unfortunate reality. Thank you for sharing.