Stand Up For Yourself in 2012

I’m cleaning out my friends.

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How’s that for an opening line?

 

To start out 2012, I’ve decided to “come out” with my beliefs and set some standards for myself.  These standards apply on line and in real life.

 

Here we go:

 

1. I do not believe all people are equal.  Every single person is different.  I have twins, and never ever do I think they should be equal.  It is our differences that make us special.  It is our differences that make us unique.  We should all celebrate our differences.

 

2.  I believe in tolerance.  Honestly, it really doesn’t mater what your gender, race, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or orientation is.  I am tired of listening to (in person) or reading (on line) words from people who don’t practice the same.  I believe a democrat and a republican can be friends.  I believe people should not be judged on these things.  I believe God will judge people as he sees fit.  I am not going to become a Muslim tomorrow – but that also doesn’t mean I think all Muslims are terrorists.  And I’m tired of hearing / reading things of that nature.

 

3.  I believe every person has God granted talents.  Every single person.  Maybe they choose not to act on them.  Maybe they haven’t discovered those talents yet.  Maybe those talents will be revealed later in life.  But… everyone should be given opportunities to explore those talents.  Don’t give up on people.  Don’t say never.

 

4.  I believe people should take responsibility for their actions.  People make mistakes.  People are not perfect.  No one expects you to be perfect.  But people should take responsibility for what they say and do.  Live. Out. Loud.

 

5.  I believe people should remember to give more than they take.  They should remember that life is not about how many things you can accumulate.  Life is about people.

 

Finally – I believe every person has the right to de-friend me also.  If you don’t like the message I’m preaching, then walk away.  I won’t be offended.  This morning I saw Facebook posts that offended me.  Twitter messages I didn’t agree with.  I saw news articles bashing people based on religious beliefs.  I realized one of the most important things I needed to do this new year was make sure I surround myself with people.  People who practiced tolerance and lived the fruits of the Spirit.  I hope to have just as many or more friends come 2013… but – I will take quality over quantity any day.

 

Kristen @ www.alittlesomethingforme.com

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