Respect yourself enough to do the right thing whether others approve or not. In many instances that arise it is better to do the right thing and “lose” than to do the wrong thing and “win”.
If the reader questions that consider small examples such as cheating to “win” in a game of solitary – or if a cashier gives you too much change in return when making a purchase…..in the short view it may seem like a windfall of sorts, yet that same cashier will probably have to make up the difference at the end of the day and need every penny they earn much the same as you do.
Undoubtedly they aren’t working for the sheer joy of being a wage slave.
For the nations my personal opinion is that we can’t truly do that if we do not respect and defend our traditions and ceremonies.
They are what define us as a people – who we are and where we come from.
Both are and have been a conscience and moral rudder that have guided us from the beginning and insuring our children would be raised in communities with integrity, social justice, and a devotion to the common welfare.
Poverty is a thief seeking to rob it’s victim of physical and emotional well being, an adversary leading one to question their own self worth and in too many cases lose respect for themselves and others.
A lack of respect often leading to various forms of substance and alcohol abuse – an inevitable personal dysfunctional that will impact family, friends, community, and rend the very fabric of those things that have sustained us.
Though it may anger some I can’t help but wonder how many children have been conceived due to a lack of respect? A lack of respect for the responsibilities of parenthood and even oneself.
How many conceived as the result of alcohol or substance abuse, a desperate desire merely to feel wanted, even rape?
It isn’t enough to find an excuse for questionable things we do as individuals, what we should be doing is finding the reasons not to, and such reasons abound.
They can be found in the eyes of every child we look at, every elder, every abused or battered woman, the reflection when we look into a mirror, even the very blood that courses through our veins and the sound of our own language.
It isn’t possible to live in the past, but we cannot abandon the cultural integrity of our history, for both the present and the past lay the course leading us to the future.
A course each will influence in some measure as an individual. Do the right thing and pay it forward.