Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Something I've noticed

Labels are sometimes extremely bad.  I think a lot of times they are not necessary.  I had the opportunity the other day to attend a school that I hope to get hired at, and I was sitting in the class listening to the teacher as he asked the students what they saw in the picture. 

Now I'm not one to be politically correct, but at one point the kids said that there was a fat man and a skinny man in the book.  I looked over the shoulder of one of the books, and I didn't see a fat man.  I saw one that was taller and a smaller stick type man.  It was interesting that they chose those words to describe the drawing when those are such negative words in this day and age.

I chose not to be offended but today something else happened. 

It was slow at work as usual and I was perusing the Yahoo news articles when I ran across one that talked about how a President of a fast food chain has on multiple occasions shared his opinion (Some may say, myself included that it was bashing) about his disapproval of same sex marraige, and homosexuality in general.  Among this he is also known for donating large amounts of his money to anti-LGBT clubs, and when I posted on facebook that I didn't know if I should go to that said fast food restaurant anymore I was shocked at the slight argument that started.

I just don't understand the hate the goes on, and the fact that some say that it's just stating your opinion and that we shouldn't take it personally.

I choose to take it personally for one reason. 

I am a human being.  I was born a human being, I go through trials as a human being, I've grown up a human being, and will most likely die a human being. (Go figure!)

That is the same case for EVERYone in the world.  The journey of life of each human may modify based on certain factors, but the truth of the matter is that we're still human beings regardless.

This is a short life, and we need to stop worrying about what groups we need to classify people in.  I figure unless they hurt others through their actions or take away others rights then why worry what they're doing? 

Who cares what our choices in life are?  I know I just want to love everyone and accept everyone, so I try to leave the judgements to whoever created us. 

As I was thinking over this I pondered back on the kids in that room and I came to the realization that labels will never end.  They are how people describe one another, but I wonder if we'll ever be able to change the negativity with a label into a positive.

I don't think I'll see it in my lifetime, but I hope that one day those bad labels will no longer exist, or at least not be so negative.  I hope that people will not look down on others based on their life choices, or color of skin, or weight, or hair color. 

Within my own life I hope I haven't made anyone feel as if I judge them in my interactions with them.  If I have, I apologize.  It's never been my intention and I want you to know that I believe you are worth something.  Whatever I may have done to make you feel that I look down on you, just know that I think you're worth something. 

I wish that I could have always felt worth something.  I fear that I lashed out at others due to my own insecurities, and my feelings of being judged by others.

Even now I notice the labels I give others when they annoy me.  I realize I need to stop.  I also know that not all labels are bad.  There are those that are good.  Kind, Generous, Beautiful, Caring, Strong. 

My goal for this week is to replace negative labels with good ones.  I feel that I sometimes look on things in a negative light, and if I choose to focus on the positive with people it will provide a happier outlook on life, and the people in it.
If you're having a hard time take comfort in knowing that I love you and accept you for who you are.