Some of life’s best lessons were learned when we were children: We were taught to always believe in ourselves, and to reach for the stars, and never mind those who tried to hold us back. We learned that it was right to respect everyone, even if they did not extend us the same courtesy. We were told that it was important to stand up for ourselves, as well as the things, and people we believed in - and we were consistently reminded that speaking the truth was paramount. We were taught to treasure things that had no material value, like trust, humility, honesty, sharing, friendships, hugs, support, and caring - just as we learned that actions spoke louder than words. We grew to be grateful for education and opportunity, even if we didn’t understand where it would all fit in. We learned endurance during difficult times, even when we had no clue what the outcome would be, and empathy for those who continued to struggle. We understood that it was ok to be who we were - and not criticize ourselves or others for mistakes, or being different. We learned to appreciate difference of opinion, and to respect each person’s right to their own, just as we discovered those opinions did not imply factual evidence. We learned that seeking approval often yielded disappointment, and the best option was to be mindful of our own behavior and actions. We found that there was a lot of unnecessary meanness and spitefulness, and the best response was silence. We learned to value each day, for there were no guarantees of tomorrow. When did we unlearn some of these things? Maybe we need to revisit these childhood lessons: learned from former educators, friends or family - either through adversity, or sound circumstances. Or, perhaps it would be prudent to reframe our minds to visualize these lessons as ongoing.
Never Apologize For Being Correct
Many people, especially ignorant people, want to punish you
for speaking the truth. For being correct. For being you.
Never apologize for being correct,
or for being years ahead of your time.
If you’re right and you know it, speak your mind.
Speak your mind.
Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is still the truth
Certain people have a way of saying things that shake us at the core. Even when the words do not seem harsh or offensive, the impact is shattering. What we could be experiencing is the intent behind the words. When we intend to do good, we do. When we intend to do harm, it happens. What each of us must come to realize is that our intent always comes through. We cannot sugarcoat the feelings in our heart of hearts. The emotion is the energy that motivates. We cannot ignore what we really want to create. We should be honest and do it the way we feel it. What we owe to ourselves and everyone around is to examine the reasons of our true intent. My intent will be evident in the results.