I am a daughter, a sister, a friend.
I am a runner, a swimmer, a dreamer.
I am a bit of a nerd, and I never want to stop learning.
I want people to be proud of me - in both my personal and professional life.
I want people to respect me.
It kind of makes me think of "The Help" - part of the story relies on Aibileen teaching the young girl in the story that she matters. "You is kind, you is smart, you is important."
We have the ability to be kind, and to use our hearts.
We have the ability to be smart, and to use our brains.
We have the ability to be important, knowing that we are unique and special in our own ways.
And we shouldn't let anyone take that away from us.
I'm realizing that I have not always been nice. I sometimes make crude remarks or poke fun at someone, without even knowing who they really are. This is not the person I want to be. I have many great relationships, and they took work, and they took me giving someone else a chance and vice versa. If I am making judgements on people I have never even met, just because of how they dress or how they act, I am not really subscribing to the one piece of faith that I truly believe in, the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do on to you.
Maybe you had resolutions this year to better yourself: to work out more, to eat better, to get enough sleep. But maybe we need to better ourselves in a different way. We need to do things that make our hearts and spirits feel good.
This also reminded me of something I have read before, called The Paradoxical Commandments. They were written by a man named Dr. Kent M. Keith, and I think he was spot on when he wrote:
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.
Maybe you disagree, and that's okay. But I hope that you will try to do good, and be a good person. That is what really matters in life.