I have came to terms that I am the beneficiary of many types of privilege, and the main impediment I have was how to articulate this for myself, and, if there were those who are curious about my journey of enlightenment, how to share this with others without sounding like I am pointing fingers and making others purposefully feel guilt or shame about the topic. This is a personal discovery on my part. The revelations are my own, and they are shaped by external elements and events, and how my awareness of privilege effects and is effected by them.
What this blog is:
This blog will be a collection of essays about how I have come to terms with my numerous privileges, and the effect my privilege has on those who do not share those same benefits. In the past, whenever I had been confronted by privilege, and the gains from it, my initial response was to get defensive about it, and point my fingers at others, in an attempt to divert the subject away from me, and back on those who were leveling the accusations. I now realize just how foolhardy this is. As I practice the Four Agreements revealed by Don Miguel Ruiz in his book of the same title, the agreement Don't Take Anything Personally immediately comes to mind, and the minute I practice this agreement, I can do what I believe is the most important part of the awareness of privilege, and that is to listen.