There are many instances where being healthy means you must detach yourself from emotional toxins.
Sometimes the people we love, or the things we do, rile us up and cause us to feel touched by things that have a negative impact on both our psychology and physiology.
Many people challenged by racism and lack of equal opportunity have mastered this ability to overcome unwillingly.
I challenge the Arizona outrage because those that migrate here have a country that is proud of them and is willing to challenge us for their rights. Undocumented people, while their situation is not ideal, they are not abased.
The current debate is asking that they follow the laws currently in place.
This week as the United States mourns Black activist Dorothy Height, reflecting the true challenges of civil rights should come to the forefront.
Recently, as I partook on a road trip from Illinois to Florida with my son and parents, my father recalled his experiences traveling in the south as a boy.
As we entered Georgia, my father recalled attending championship tournaments requiring the young boys to board a bus and ride from Illinois to the south in the 1940's. My dad said they often went hungry as roadside stops did not allow coloreds. A few times they risked his life, because he was "light" enough to "pass", by having him enter these restaurants for them and carry out the food.
Activist such as Dorothy Height, endured these occurrences and more. Constant humiliation, being told "no" and having to develop situations for colored people to excel because there were none.
I find it interesting that the dialog we are having today is not more constructive.
Immigration Rights Organizers and Activists are in-fighting, when challenges should be made with the Mexican Government.
In social media, I am reading defunct arguments that resound with "Arizona used to be Mexico".
Inflammatory historical rants does not help immigration reform. Why tie up traffic, spend funds and enrage, when you can contact the Mexican Government directly and challenge them to meet the needs of their people.
Urging the United States for a strengthening in trade agreements and securing tougher anti-drug and arms initiatives may also help.
Honestly, the misguided rage is tantamount to no progress.
Dorothy Height waged a dignified battle. If she didn't see it, she made it happen.
Being denied college admittance did not stop her, she made it a point to keep communication open where there was divide and excelled despite negative barriers.
Taking life's beatings, coming out standing taller and joyous, is never easy. It is a choice.
I challenge every angry American, from Laguna del Carbon to Mt. McKinley (Denali) to let freedom ring, but respectfully, with dignity and honoring each other's right to have legislation, abiding by it, and if it is not well received, work peacefully to change it.