How many times are we faced with challenges and then begin to doubt ourselves? Almost every day, right? We might be running late for work, have issues at work, issues with coworkers, family, relationships, and friends and so on. I know I can create a list of things going on right now that I feel I need to solve before my head hits the pillow tonight. Is it a reality to start solving all of these problems? Is there a DNA code hidden that will reveal our true identities as differing super heroes and heroines? I wish, if only to get a cool cape out of the deal! The real starting point starts from within us, and then it can move outward.
Respecting Elders: I teach my son, who is now four, the importance of respecting the older generation. It is important to know where you came from to know where you are going. This applies to all of us. I see it so many times when people are in such a hurry and won’t hold a door for someone, or they are quick to cut off someone older because they are speaking too slowly. Is your life really worth that much more than theirs that you are unable to give them the respect they deserve? I always make a point to talk with older folks any chance I get. The wisdom they share is invaluable. They have lived a life before all of our modern conveniences and know how to sustain relationships; whether it’s between friends or lovers. They know how to survive through it all; racism, bigotry, hatred, and injustice.
Respecting Each Other: Plain and simple, remember the little things. Whether your friend is dealing with sobriety, diet, lifestyle change, et cetera, remember to celebrate and respect their wishes and desires. Hold the door for someone behind you. It doesn’t matter who they are, just hold the door and don’t let it slam in anyone’s face – even if they are too consumed in their handheld instrument of choice. Also, remember to use kind words, even among the harshest. It is very tempting to join in the crowd and hurt another, especially if it is due to peer pressure. You are resilient, don’t give into such dramatics. This goes for all kinds of bullying. Fat shaming, slut shaming, gay shaming – you name it, it needs to stop! We are all different for a reason and should work together to bridge the gap rather than tear someone down. You never know who you are pushing over the edge to suicide. It only takes one word, one action, one display of being ignored, forgotten, or unloved to push someone to that point. Embrace, empower and spread love, folks.
Respect Your Surroundings: It’s simple. Clean up the Earth and it will thank you. This is more than just recycling. I don’t know how often I’m in a major city in the US and the streets are covered in litter and beautiful walls are covered in graffiti. It is depressing. Do your part and inspire others to do theirs and hopefully, the chain reaction will spark a movement. It only takes one person to start, why not let it be you?
Respect Yourself: I cannot stress this enough. There are so many people out there who are lost in who they are, thrown into a pit of self-loathing and despair because they don’t feel they measure up to the standard of beauty. This isn’t just a female thing either. There are men who do not feel adequate because they don’t look like the men in those muscle magazines. If you have a healthy goal that you set for yourself, I suggest you work as hard as possible to achieve it. Nothing should stop you from reaching your dream. The sad thing is, your worst enemy is starring at you every time you look in the mirror. That voice saying, “Why are you wasting your time?” Why are you wasting your time listening to that voice? You are worth it. You are loved. You CAN do it! Make this your time, year and life.