Respect Others…It’s That Simple

Where is the line?

At what point does a light hearted joke go too far?

We hear a lot about how people feel confined in today’s #MeToo era. People are concerned with every word they say and feel like they have to walk on egg shells.

But…is that a bad thing?

Why shouldn’t people take the time to consider what they say before they say it? Or, if you say something in the heat of the moment that you shouldn’t, like we all do, apologize and acknowledge that it was wrong.

Words have meaning.

Whether it comes from a man or a woman doesn’t really matter. What we say matters. How we say things matters.

As women we need to support the women around us and lift them up. We are all different and we take different paths in our lives, all of which are completely valid. We don’t have to view the world the same, take the same paths, or even agree on each others choices to respect each other and the choices they make.

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It isn’t our life, we don’t have to walk that path or live in those shoes. It isn’t our place to condemn how that person chooses to wake up and walk through their day.

Now, as a friend we can give advice, we can have concerns and express those. However, this isn’t done by making someone feel inferior or by putting them down. This is done with love and with consideration and tact.

We can all stand to show a little more respect to the people around us, whether the are a man or a woman, a child, doesn’t matter. We are all human beings doin the best we can with the life we have.

This life is hard and we don’t have to make it harder for each other.

Show people the respect you would want.

It is that simple.

Hard is Just Hard…and Love is Love.

Why do people seem to think that one person’s courage somehow diminishes another?

Courage by definition is simply facing something that you are either afraid of or that could cause pain.

So whether that is going to war, fighting & dying for this country, running for public office, giving a speech, standing up for your beliefs, overcoming an injury, learning to walk/talk/eat again following a stroke, coming out as gay or coming out as transgender. All of these and many more actions are examples of someone stepping out in faith, trusting God or the universe that everything will be okay, and doing something hard.

Hard is Hard. You can’t rank hard or or someone’s level of courage.

Now I know what your gonna say. “They are ranking it! It’s an award.” But if you’re going to give an award about courage, and it is an annual thing, you probably are going to look at diverse examples of courageous individuals and present the most recent and relevant examples for each year.

So, although by definition when you are giving an award you are ranking something, let’s be realistic. No one is arguing that soldiers are not courageous or that there aren’t other equally worthy winners of an award for courage.

Diminishing the courage of one does not enhance the courage of another, or vice versa. Hard is just hard. Let us just commiserate on our shared experiences as human beings, recognize those who have overcome and find a place for love in our hearts.

Ellen explains “Bic for her” pens…for us women who struggle with the average male pen.

The popular pen company, Bic,  comes out with a new product! Bic Pens, for her !! I’m not sure what Bic thought they would accomplish with a product like this ( more sales to women or young girls?) What worries me more is the message this sends to both men and women. That the colors pink and purple are only for her? Or that women require a different pen than men to properly write, or that traditional pen design is uncomfortable to write with for women?

Watch Ellen explain this ridiculous product in spot on accuracy! http://youtu.be/eCyw3prIWhc