Yesterday I spoke about The Importance of Being You. Thoughts were expressed and it’s a good topic, thus I thought to give it more space today.
There are many situations where people are afraid to be. Some are obvious and I will go ahead and mention them. There are homosexuals in less than accepting communities. There are ethnics in white communities that are not accepting. There are people of religions who are frightened in non accepting communities.
I think all of those are self explanatory. Even I, a white male Christian can be concerned in certain situations. Surprising to some. I know there are probably a great many people that think I should never be concerned about being me. Yet here I sit. A long story I shall not go in to at this time. I have done so on my Christian site.
What other people might be afraid in situations to be who they are?
- Intelligent people
- Intellectually challenged people
- Wealthy people
- Poor people
- Physically attractive people
- Less than physically attractive people
- Every ‘race’ of people
- Every color of people
- Males and Females
- Every age
- Political opinions
- Thin people
- Overweight people
And a whole lot more.
Seems a bit odd when you look at some of those and wonder how in the world they could be afraid to be them. But it happens.
What do I mean by afraid?
- Disowned by family and friends
- Loss of job
- Loss of life
- Bodily harm
What people don’t understand is we cause those concerns by our actions. Even if we aren’t aware of what we do, we may still be inadvertently suppressing someone extraordinary.
I’ve mentioned before about how we should make a habit out of doing things to bring positivity to our lives. Get Positive: Sorting Your Junk talked about the sorting everything into files/folders. In Being Positive to See the Positive I talked about just that, recognizing the positive things around you by knowing what positivity is. How do you know what it is unless you are practicing it yourself?
Learning and habits are things that come in to play when we talk about fear and suppression. As anyone who has read my articles for any length of time will know, my faith guides a lot of how I do. Yes, I said how I do.
One thing I do is just go with it. You be you, and I’ll be me. As long as neither of us are doing harm to one another or to society then we’re good.
But one thing my faith leads me to do is constantly learn and be aware of others. Not every Christian takes that from the Bible but I do. You have all flavors of every faith. Makes for interesting conversations. And some whacked out ones too. Had to go ahead and say it.
I had to learn to be a Christian and am constantly learning more every time I open the Bible. You never stop learning. When you are accustomed to constant learning and the acquiring of habits like prayer every morning and Bible study every morning and evening, your mind begins to work in habit forms.
I have a habit of encouraging others. I listen. I advise. I coax people out of their shells. I turn people into writers and bloggers. Why? Because I want people to have a chance to be something great and to share their world so others can benefit from them and what they have experienced and learned.
There are people all around us with amazing gifts that are being held back because of oppressive parents, abusive spouses, and I mean both genders, teachers who aren’t encouraging, a community that isn’t accepting, a government that promotes anti whatever a person may be.
We need to stop being negative norms and become positive norms. Look at the world today and just think if each person were encouraged to use their gifts and talents in a positive way, what would the world be like?
But you know what? If you don’t want to be encouraged by me, that’s okay too. I try, you say no, then we’re good. That’s a part of positivity, not forcing on to others.
I encourage. I encourage positivity. It’s my habit. Won’t you make it yours as well?
Share this article today with someone who needs to know it’s okay to be who they are. Show them you want to encourage them.
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