Many individuals, across the spectrum of race, religion, gender, age, culture, etc.) have done and continue to do some amazing things. Some of our great leaders continue to use their status to advocate for others and encourage us to be who we are; these influential individuals, include, but are not limited to Oprah, Denzel Washington, Tyler Perry, Michael Jordan, Serena Williams, Arthur Ash, and Martin Luther King. Other great leaders, I admire, include anyone who takes a stand against negative action, exemplify courage and advocate for all to be treated equal are great in my book. It’s not so much about the messenger, though, it is about the message that is being shared with you. The message I hear and see over and over is to be yourself–to be who you were created to be. You get to decide who you want to be. I believe it is important to embrace and nurture you and not so much focus on the faults of others.
We all have work to do. Choose beliefs, thoughts, and behaviors that you feel is right for you and does not violate the rights of others ……
There is nothing like being yourself–to embrace who you are and everything that comes with you (taller than everyone in your class, wear bifocals, one foot larger than the other, unique voice, etc.). When you think that you stand out in the crowd, because you have decided to be yourself and do what’s right or right to you, then be proud of yourself. Being you is priceless.
- I love waking up each morning and getting another chance to live my life regardless of my past.
2.I appreciate the opportunity for second, third, fourth chances and so on to get
things just right.
- I love designing my own wardrobe and not worrying about what’s in style. If you wait long enough, whatever it is will come back in style.
4. I appreciate learning from my own life lessons and the lessons of others—
….. preferably more from the lessons of others
5. I appreciate my brain and the ability to think for myself. I love the ability to
self-evaluate and continue to get better at what I do….the list goes on……
I hope you love yourself and continue to feel comfortable in your own skin. It’s pretty cool to know that there is only one of me and one of you!!
Are we evolving to our highest selves as a nation embracing thoughts of compassion, freedom, kindness, liberty, freedom, love, resiliency, reverence, or are we as a nation allowing our growth to be stunted by thoughts and beliefs of divisiveness, hate, inferiority, and superiority?
I have been wondering about this question for a few months, if not in my subconscious for years…even, I guess, when I was a young girl. We are in the process of choosing our next president, and I have been troubled by the comments made, over the past months, regarding women, children, and individuals with disabilities and of certain cultures/ethnic groups/race. When I think of a leader….a President, I think of a role model…of someone who rises above conflict and not stoop down to attack the other person or the person’s characteristics when he or she feels attacked. My mother was big on us not talking about each other or calling each other names outside of the name given at birth, as well as being focused on creating and maintaining peace instead of conflict.
Also, I never understood how we can treat individuals so unfairly based on the color of your skin, the neighborhood you grew up in or currently live in, how much money you make compared to them, education background, gender, and anything else…without even knowing who you are. I do believe that any of us can quickly be in the same situation as the person we judge. People have lost entire savings, and some have ended up homeless in a matter of months. Then they are treated as they used to treat others. Some are even looked down upon by the same people they used to hang out with.
In addition, as I understand our existence, GOD/Creator is in everything…..and if GOD/our creator is in everything, I see different colors, shapes, sizes, in almost everything around me-plants/trees, children’s blocks/toys/ kitchen utensils, food, clothes, etc . I mean you name it, there is probably more than one color and different shapes the product come in. Do you categorize and split up our basic necessities of life or even the desires of our heart..including that beautiful black dress or that black Mercedes. When we look at the definition of the word black, we see the same meaning, regardless of what we call black.
If we are expressions of our GOD/Creator, then as Wayne Dyer notes in Change your thoughts , change your mind, in reference to the 10th verse to Tao Te Ching, it is essential that we ” embrace oneness by seeing yourself in everyone you encounter.” I am no better than the next person I see. I see us all as carrying lit torches to become better individuals, better communities, better countries to a better nation. How else can we enjoy this life…this earth we have been blessed with? Also, I do believe that how we treat others is a reflection of how we feel about our selves…self hatred displays hatred, and love displays love…fear displays fear. It is not so much about the other person, but who we are on the inside that determines our expression on the outside.
If we cannot work together, grow together, as one….how are we to survive? Who are we embracing? Does that person have the same values, the same vision, you have? Will your attitude be…”it doesn’t matter who I choose as President, as our leader/Chief Executive of the United States, “my vote does not count?” Will we be just as serious about choosing our President of the Unites States, as we are about the care we drive, the house we live in?
I am just asking……