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reSLience… a.k.a. resilience

it's what lies within that really matters

I’m so tired – it was a long week, and a long trip home BUT I am most certainly NOT too tired to blog about human rights.

Think about it. Please! Do you have a license to drive? Do you have a fishing license? Do you have to have a license to have a child? Unfortunately no. Please consider the rights of the children in your life. Treat them with respect. Teach them boundaries. Show them unconditional love. Help them to grow up with tolerance and creativity and imagination and the ability to see a world without limits.

Be thankful you have a warm bed to sleep in, clean sheets, and running water to take a shower. Be thankful you live in a home with earthquake standards that were adhered to when built. There are countless dead after the natural disasters this week in the far east… countries in which human rights are an after thought. A clip earlier in the week said for every week that help could not go in to help the typhoon victims, they could multiply the factors by 15. The stench of bodies is so thick now, that the stench reaches the survivors (and few rescuers) noses before sighting the dead. How about the parents in China? The parents trying to find their children’s bodies just to recover and bury. To grieve. What kind of rights exist there? Any?

Hug your loved ones. Kiss the ground you are standing on. As much as we argue in America and make fun of our governmental leaders, we are still so blessed to have the affinities in life we have, and the rights to believe what we want, and protest, and think differently.

Figure out what 1 thing you can do each day to make the world better for someone else. It can be as simple as making eye contact with someone and smiling genuinely. It can be as complex as buying someone a meal who hasn’t had one in a while. Or even more… imagine… and then ACT.

Life is so short. Tell the people you love you love them. Take care of the people you know. Make something better. Contribute to the greater good. Offer up whatever you can to those who don’t have all you have – even if all you have to offer are prayers.

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