Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Krish Dhanam was born in India traveled across the ocean to pull himself up by the bootstraps in America. His words always help me think outside my white bread, Texas bred upbringing. Here are a few thought provoking paragraphs from his book The American Dream from an Indian Heart.

Do Not Blame Your Past for Your Present (page 76-77)

Fundamental to all acknowledgement of change is an understanding that you are not a victim. In essence, this is asking a lot of those of you who are truly victims, victims of incest, abuse, poverty and other birth or inflicted defects that hampered you from having a normal childhood. However, in the grand scheme of things, unless you learn to let go of blaming yourself for the past, you are not ready to begin the journey of enjoying the future.

In this entire book you will not find another statement that might anger more people than this one. Asking people to forge and forgive their past is amongst the most sacrilegious requests that you can make in America today. The whole platform of advocacy is built on the premise of past pain. The funniest part of this is that an entire industry has seemingly prospered with the sole purpose of catering to this platform of pain advocacy. If you walked into the nations’ capitol today and asked people to just get over it, you would be branded a right wing conspirator of hate and would be hung in the media as an uncompassionate and intolerant human being.

If you are from Haiti or Honduras, Eritrea or Ethiopia, can have an accent and the stereotype of your people as cab drivers and convenience store workers, do not worry…While it is true that a large number of Indians do own motels and many Haitians drive cabs, the reality is that the combined economic impact of this group of people is staggering. These people have made peace with their past and draw on a deep sense of purpose and drive to make a difference in their present so the future they create for their family is secure.

Thought provoking??

Moving forward,

Jeff Roach

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