Welcome to the 22nd day of the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB’S 1st BACK-TO-SCHOOL BOOK & BLOG BLOCK PARTY!
DAILY GIVEAWAYS: (4 Winners)
$10.00 Amazon Gift Card
$10.00 Starbuck’s Gift Card
$5 Itunes Gift Card
(1) Autographed copy of “THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE…” (US Winners only)
First, my apologies for the delay in opening my door this morning. I am just so crazy busy, that sleep is a precious commodity of mine, and I could not stay awake one moment longer to get this all finished in time for you early birds. But, that’s all water under the bridge now because you all are here, you all look so beautiful, and of course, there is an open bar with my two “John’s” serving little fancy drinks to keep everyone happy today! John H., John F….where are you guys? Please ensure that you keep their glasses full because as we all know, a tipsy visitor, leaves better comments!
Something has been weighing on my heart, and when something sticks with me for a long period, I feel I must share it. So, let me briefly share with you my new goal on my ever-evolving journey of growth. Let’s talk about, MEETING PEOPLE WHERE THEY ARE.
Sometimes, we are in the habit of forming quick judgements about people. I know, I, for one, am guilty of this, as well, but, only sometimes. We encounter so many different kinds of people…different ethnicities, different backgrounds, different attitudes, different views on life. And, because there are all these differences, at times, we make up in our mind that there is something “wrong” with these people. Because they don’t agree with our own way of thinking, because they parent their kids differently (a big cross of mine to bear), because they dress from what we may call “the norm,” we find fault.
Maybe we choose to not get to know these individuals…you know, the ones we tag as “different,” because we are afraid to open our minds to someone else’s choices. Maybe we are afraid their “differences” will rub off on us, OR, just maybe, we’re just a little too close-minded to simply let people be who they are and who they choose to be.
Well, over the weekend, that’s exactly what I decided to do… let people BE! I decided that if an individual, and the way they choose to live their life and walk their journey, isn’t impacting my life in any significant way, I will just accept them for who they are, and be kind in the process. I don’t have to be this big, tough wolf that I am perceived to be most often; I don’t have to take on every challenge or thing that I perceive as wrong or disrespectful (this does not at all mean that I will begin to accept poor behavior, because that will never happen); and I don’t have to be the one to right every wrong or fix everything that I feel is broken. I can just allow, accept and live by the creed: “To each his own.”
I’m encouraging each of you who may have felt the same as I in “correcting” and “righting” the wrongs, to just let go. STOP IT NOW! No need. It’s not our job to fix people. It’s our job to live and let live; it’s our job to model the behavior we want to see exhibited in the world; it’s our job to be as kind, gentle and accepting of others as we can be, so that in turn, the same favor will be shown to us one day. It is our job to just let go, and let God.
I invite you to stay with me on this journey as I work very hard to MEET PEOPLE WHERE THEY ARE; to accept them for who they are, how they choose to be and how they choose to live their life. To just accept that we were all created differently and those differences, if viewed thru proper lenses, are just what we need to teach us how to exist in a world where no two things are the same. We’re all different, and just as we perceive others to be different, maybe we are being perceived in the same way…I mean my perception is my reality, right? And so is yours.
It’s a new day for me, and the one lesson that I learn more and more each day, is life really is too short to sweat the small stuff. There are so many bigger issues that deserve our time and attention. Here today, gone tomorrow, that’s what they say, so let’s appreciate all the little things that make up this great big beautiful world we live in, because one day, it will all be gone.
On this day, I vow to accept you, for who you are and how you are. I ask that you also extend the same courtesy to me.
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