Why Our HUMANITY Matters!

โค๏ธ ๐“๐‡๐„ ๐•๐€๐’๐“๐๐„๐’๐’ ๐ˆ๐’ ๐๐„๐€๐‘๐€๐๐‹๐„ ๐Ž๐๐‹๐˜ ๐“๐‡๐‘๐Ž๐”๐†๐‡ ๐‹๐Ž๐•๐„! โค๏ธ

I am someone who is gayโ€ฆI rarely talk about it. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚โ€

I am someone who is Hispanicโ€ฆI rarely talk about it. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚โ€

I am someone who is Liberalโ€ฆI rarely talk about it. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚โ€

I am someone who is Atheistโ€ฆI (especially) rarely talk about it. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚โ€

Why do I rarely talk about these things? ๐Ÿค”

Wellโ€ฆlet’s take a step back. ๐Ÿ‘ฃ

Say you were meeting me for the very first time, and the only information you were given about who I am were these labels: ๐Ÿ“œ

Male. Gay. Hispanic. Liberal. Atheist.

What kind of person comes to your mind that fits into each of these categories? ๐Ÿค”

What comes to your mind when you think of a โ€œGay Maleโ€? Flamboyant? Feminine? Limp wrists?

What comes to your mind when you think of an โ€œAtheist?โ€ Snobbish? Science-obsessed? Blasphemous?

Nowโ€ฆtake these labels and apply them back to me. And compare these labels to how you ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ know me as a person. ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚๏ธ

Let me ask: do these labels easily fit into your general perception of me? ๐Ÿ˜…

Of Donald Arteaga? ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

If your answer is โ€œnoโ€โ€ฆTHAT is the reason why!

๐Ÿ™Œ ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐จ๐ง ๐ˆ ๐ซ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐๐ž๐ฌ๐œ๐ซ๐ข๐›๐ž ๐ฆ๐ฒ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฆ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฅ๐š๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐›๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ˆ ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž ๐ฆ๐ž ๐š๐ฌ ๐š ๐ก๐ฎ๐ฆ๐š๐ง ๐›๐ž๐ข๐ง๐ , ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ, ๐›๐ž๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฅ๐š๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ. ๐Ÿ™Œ

Iโ€™d rather we all be judged, as Martin Luther King Jr. said, based upon the content of our character. ๐Ÿ‘ค

๐Ÿ‘ I donโ€™t intend for you to judge me by virtue of my sexual preference.

๐Ÿ‘ I donโ€™t intend for you to judge me by virtue of my race.

๐Ÿ‘ I donโ€™t intend for you to judge me by virtue of my political views.

๐Ÿ‘ I donโ€™t intend for you to judge me by virtue of my religious affiliation.

THIS is why I generally donโ€™t provide this information to people upfront. I want you to get to know ME first, minus the preconceptions. ๐Ÿ™‚

๐Ÿ‘€ ๐๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ˆ ๐ž๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ก๐š๐ฌ๐ข๐ณ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฅ๐š๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐š๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐ˆ ๐š๐ฆ, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ˆ ๐ž๐ง๐œ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐š๐ ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐จ๐ง๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž ๐ฆ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ฅ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฅ๐š๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ. ๐Ÿ‘€

The problem is these labels are only mere facets of who I am as a human being, just as I believe this to be the case for any other human being. ๐Ÿ’Ž

Iโ€™ve held this ideal ever since I started my mission to Transcend Labels in 2018. โณ

The ideal has always been for me to show through my example that people donโ€™t have to be entrenched in their labels. ๐Ÿ’ฏ

The ideal has always been for me to show that my diagnosis of Autism is just a temporary explanation and not a final destination. ๐Ÿ’ฏ

The ideal has always been for me to show how limiting labels are as frameworks for understanding ourselves and other people. ๐Ÿ’ฏ

Consider the facts:

๐Ÿ™Œ No one on this planet is 100% exactly the same.

๐Ÿ™Œ No one thinks 100% exactly the same way.

๐Ÿ™Œ No one has lived 100% exactly the same life as another person.

๐๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ข๐ง๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ข๐ง๐๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ, ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ก๐š๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐จ๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐š๐ฅ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ž๐š๐œ๐ก ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ .

๐๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ข๐ง๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ข๐ง๐๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ, ๐š ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐งโ€™๐ฌ ๐ฅ๐š๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐ง๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐๐จ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฑ ๐ข๐ง๐๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ ๐ฅ๐š๐ฒ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง ๐ž๐š๐œ๐ก ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฎ๐ฌ.

๐๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ข๐ง๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ข๐ง๐๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ, ๐š ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐งโ€™๐ฌ ๐ฅ๐š๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐ง๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐›๐ž ๐š ๐๐ž๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐จ๐ง๐ž’๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ.

For me, my mission to Transcend Labels is a life-affirming philosophy that says we are more than our pasts, more than our circumstances, and that we are capable of becoming more than the people we were yesterday. โœŠ

Perhaps as you read this, this sounds like common sense to you! ๐Ÿ˜…

Butโ€ฆthings seemed to have changed. ๐Ÿง

Not with my mission; it remains the same. But Iโ€™m talking about within our society. ๐Ÿ‘ฅ

More and more I continue reading about a growing ideology that:

๐Ÿ˜ฑ Encourages people to see each other ONLY for their labels, not for their individuality.

๐Ÿ˜ฑ Encourages people to see each other ONLY for their group identities, not for their common humanity.

๐Ÿ˜ฑ Encourages people to see each other ONLY in binary camps of either being Oppressors or being Oppressed.

๐Ÿ˜ฑ Encourages people to indulge in cognitive biases like mindreading, overgeneralizing, and black-and-white thinking.

This smorgasbord of an ideology has come to be more popularly known as: โ€œbeing wokeโ€.

(๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ข ๐˜™๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ข ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ž๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜จ๐˜บ, ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ โ€œ๐˜Š๐˜บ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด: ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ˆ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜š๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฑ ๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ ๐˜Œ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜™๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ, ๐˜Ž๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜บโ€ ๐˜ฃ๐˜บ ๐˜‘๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜“๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜บ & ๐˜๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜—๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ฌ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ.)

Simply putโ€ฆthe very ideals Iโ€™ve stood for the past few years are in direct opposition to this ideology. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚โ€

So perhaps you can understand why a part of me is fascinated at how this ideology has reached such a wide audience, especially among the political Left, with little Critical (pun intended) examination. ๐Ÿ˜…

Perhaps you can understand my fascination reading about this ideology that argues the very ideals I stand for, the message Iโ€™ve promoted for years, can now be entirely summarized under labels such as โ€œwhite supremacyโ€, “privilege”, โ€œracistโ€, โ€œmicroaggressionโ€, and โ€œoffensiveโ€. ๐Ÿคจ

โค๏ธ But I get it. โค๏ธ

I understand in these current times A LOT of us are stressed out and worried. I understand itโ€™s hard for anyone to think clearly, let alone rationally, when our minds are shrouded in weeds. ๐Ÿ˜–

๐ˆ ๐ฎ๐ง๐๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ข๐ญ’๐ฌ ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ก๐š๐ซ๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ค ๐ข๐ง ๐ง๐ฎ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž๐, ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฑ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐๐ฌ ๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐œ๐ซ๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ข๐œ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐๐ฎ๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ.

If I were to combine every negative event which has happened the past year, I can’t blame someone for not feeling comfortable with all this Uncertainty. ๐Ÿ˜จ

As I saw 1 tweet put it: โ€œ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฐ๐š๐ญ๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก๐๐ซ๐š๐ฐ๐š๐ฅ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ž๐ฆ๐จ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฆ๐ฒ๐ญ๐ก ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐œ๐ž๐ซ๐ญ๐š๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ฒ.โ€ โค๏ธ

So yes, I definitely understand that lots of people at this time will be desperate to find something which helps them get back to Certainty, back to some sense of clarity and normalcy, back to some sense of renewed purpose and meaningโ€ฆeven if that means embracing an over-simplistic, fringe ideology like this one. ๐Ÿ™Œ

And THIS is one of the main reasons why Iโ€™ve not spoken up about this topic personally. ๐ˆโ€™๐ฆ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ฅ๐จ๐จ๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ž ๐š ๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ฅ๐โ€™๐ฌ ๐›๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ค๐ž๐ญ ๐š๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐ก๐ข๐ฆ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ก๐žโ€™๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐œ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐จ ๐ข๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐๐ž๐š๐ซ ๐ฅ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž. ๐Ÿ˜ญ

At the moment, the child needs something, anything to stay calm and feel safe. ๐Ÿ›ก

Donโ€™t get me wrong, there are 100% real problems in our society that still need to be solved. I’m not here to pretend like everything is all fine and dandy. It’s not.

But weโ€™re not going to solve them when weโ€™re making the incorrect diagnoses, which in turn provide the wrong solutions. ๐Ÿ‘Ž

๐–๐žโ€™๐ซ๐ž ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ ๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฑ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐›๐ฅ๐ž๐ฆ๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฌ๐จ๐œ๐ข๐ž๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐š๐ฆ๐ž ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ-๐ฌ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐œ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ก ๐ข๐ฌ ๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฆ. ๐Ÿ‘Ž

But that part of the discussion will be saved for another postโ€ฆ

My point is: THIS is not the way forward. โŒ

๐Ÿคฌ โ€œ๐‘พ๐‘ฌ๐‘ณ๐‘ณ ๐‘ด๐‘น. ๐‘ฏ๐‘ฐ๐‘ฎ๐‘ฏ-๐‘จ๐‘ต๐‘ซ-๐‘ด๐‘ฐ๐‘ฎ๐‘ฏ๐‘ป๐’€ ๐‘ซ๐‘ถ๐‘ต๐‘จ๐‘ณ๐‘ซ, ๐‘ฎ๐‘ถ๐‘ป ๐‘จ๐‘ต๐’€ ๐‘ฉ๐‘ฌ๐‘ป๐‘ป๐‘ฌ๐‘น ๐‘ฐ๐‘ซ๐‘ฌ๐‘จ๐‘บ?!โ€ ๐Ÿคฌ

I believe I do! And it goes right back to what I was talking about earlier. ๐Ÿ˜Š

๐Ÿ™Œ We move forward by focusing on our common humanity.

๐Ÿ™Œ We move forward by focusing on what we have in common.

๐Ÿ™Œ We move forward by NOT assuming malicious intent of those who disagree with us.

๐Ÿ™Œ We move forward by focusing on understanding and less on labeling.

๐–๐ž ๐ƒ๐ˆ๐…๐…๐”๐’๐„ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฅ๐š๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐œ๐š๐ซ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐›๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ง ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐จ๐ง ๐ก๐ฎ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ.

๐–๐ž ๐“๐‘๐€๐๐’๐‚๐„๐๐ƒ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐›๐ข๐š๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฃ๐ฎ๐๐ข๐œ๐ž๐ฌ ๐œ๐š๐ซ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐›๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ง ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐จ๐ง ๐ก๐ฎ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ.

๐–๐ž ๐€๐‚๐Š๐๐Ž๐–๐‹๐„๐ƒ๐†๐„ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ก ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž ๐ ๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž ๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐žโ€ฆ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐‚๐‡๐Ž๐Ž๐’๐„ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ก๐ฎ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐จ๐ง.

For every time we do this, weโ€™ll remind our survival brain whoโ€™s in charge of how we connect with others. ๐Ÿง 

Weโ€™ll remind our survival brain how naรฏve the caricatures we create in our minds about mass groups of people are. ๐Ÿง 

๐ˆ๐Ÿ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ๐จ๐ญ๐ž ๐๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ข๐ง ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฌ๐จ๐œ๐ข๐ž๐ญ๐ฒ, ๐ฅ๐ž๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ง๐ž๐ ๐ฅ๐ž๐œ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ฅ๐š๐ฒ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง ๐ž๐š๐œ๐ก ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฎ๐ฌ. ๐‘๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐ฐ๐ž’๐ซ๐ž ๐จ๐ง๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐จ๐ฎ๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐Ÿ๐š๐œ๐ž.

Because whatโ€™s the alternative?

๐Ÿ‘Ž A society which is OBSESSED with focusing on what makes us separate from each other.

๐Ÿ‘Ž A society which DISCRIMINATES people based primarily upon their labels.

๐Ÿ‘Ž A society which attempts to solve the problem of prejudiceโ€ฆwith EVEN MORE PREJUDICE.

That doesnโ€™t sound like a desirable outcome, does it? Sounds a bit backwards, right? It’s honestly quite IL-liberal! ๐Ÿ˜…

Butโ€ฆthankfully we donโ€™t have to go down that route! We don’t have to become “woke”! ๐Ÿ’ฏ

I challenge you to come with me and take the road less traveled. Itโ€™s important to remember that just because something is popular in the moment doesnโ€™t automatically mean itโ€™s right. ๐Ÿ‘

I challenge you to come with me and use what might be considered a more โ€œradicalโ€ approach these days to connecting with others:

๐“๐จ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž ๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐š๐ฌ ๐ก๐ฎ๐ฆ๐š๐ง ๐›๐ž๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ. ๐“๐จ ๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ ๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐œ๐ญ, ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ข๐ญ’๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ง ๐›๐š๐œ๐ค. ๐“๐จ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐œ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ก๐ฎ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ, ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐ง ๐๐จ๐ž๐ฌ๐ง’๐ญ ๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐ข๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ž. ๐“๐จ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ฆ๐›๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ก๐ฎ๐ซ๐ญ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ก๐ฎ๐ซ๐ญ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ž ๐จ๐ง๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ž. ๐“๐จ ๐ ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐ฎ๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ.

But if all this sounds too overwhelming, how about just this…?

๐˜๐จ๐ฎโ€™๐ซ๐ž ๐š ๐ก๐ฎ๐ฆ๐š๐ง ๐›๐ž๐ข๐ง๐ . ๐€๐ง๐ ๐ˆโ€™๐ฆ ๐š ๐ก๐ฎ๐ฆ๐š๐ง ๐›๐ž๐ข๐ง๐ . ๐Ÿ‘ฅ

๐‹๐ž๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž. ๐Ÿ™‚

๐๐จ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž. ๐€๐ง๐ ๐ง๐จ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ. โค๏ธ

How We Can LOVE More!

“If I ever forget to mention how much I appreciate you being in my life, how you’ve helped me become a better person, this post is for you.ย ๐Ÿ˜Š

I may not always show it. I may not always say it. I may only show it in the smallest of gestures. I may only say it in the briefest of words.ย ๐Ÿ” 

So it’s why I write this post to share with you now. If I haven’t told you today, yesterday, or any day that I appreciate you in my life, let it be known now.”ย ๐Ÿ’ฌ

Let’s pay it forward right now!ย ๐Ÿ‘

๐Ÿ“Œย Tell someone how much they mean to you.

๐Ÿ“Œย Share with them why they’re important in your life.

๐Ÿ“Œย Let them know the qualities you admire in them.

๐Ÿ“Œย Acknowledge what they’ve done to help you become a better person.

๐Ÿ“Œย Explain about how different your life would be had you never met them. .

Lastly, tell them to spread the same message to one of their loved ones, friends or family.ย ๐Ÿ‘ฅ

Let this become a chain reaction of appreciation and gratitude!ย ๐Ÿ™

While we all get caught up in our everyday lives, staying busy and working hard, it’s easy to forget the Little Things, the connections that make us all human.ย โค๏ธ

Some people in this world have not heard appreciation from someone in a very long time. Perhaps you’ll be the first one to make it happen!ย ๐Ÿ˜Š

Why Not EVERY Voice in Your Head Matters!

“How could I be so stupid?!”ย ๐Ÿ˜ซ

“Why do I keep making the same mistake?!”ย ๐Ÿ˜ซ

“Why can’t I do anything right?!”ย ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

These are things I use to say to myself!ย ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚๏ธ

Did you know we are our harshest self critics? There’s no one out there that can criticize and cause us as much mental stress as the critic within our minds!ย ๐Ÿง 

Why does this voice exist?!

๐Ÿ“ย It is the echoes of other people’s opinions about you. You believe these opinions, no matter how empty they are, have some element of truth to them.

๐Ÿ“ย It is when the expectations you hold for yourself are not met. Your survival brain doesn’t like change/uncertainty.

But here’s the #1 thing I want you to remember: IT’S JUST A VOICE!ย ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

๐ŸŒŸย You don’t have to identify with every voice that pops into your head.ย ๐ŸŒŸ

Throughout the day you’re going to have many voices come into your mind. But the best part is you don’t have to embrace every voice as fact.ย ๐Ÿ˜

If there’s anything meditation taught me, the mind is like the weather: it’s always changing from one condition to the next.ย ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™‚๏ธ

๐Ÿง ย Allow the Voice of the Critic to speak in your mind. Accept the criticism unconditionally (be indifferent). And pretty soon you will hear less and less of the Voice.ย ๐Ÿง 

In other words, there’s plenty more voices in your mind worth holding on to. Just not this one!ย โค๏ธ

Why the Sky is a REMINDER!

A couple days ago I was out on my morning run. As usual I woke up early, got my clothes on, put my earbuds in, and was off!ย ๐Ÿ’จ

But on this particular day I caught a glimpse of the morning sky, and I fell into a trance. Of course I had caught glimpses of the sky many times before, but today stood out.ย ๐Ÿ‘€

A thought crossed my mind: “When was the last time I actually looked up at the sky, I mean REALLY looked at the sky?”ย ๐Ÿค”

Have you ever taken a moment to just pause…and simply appreciate what is all around us?ย ๐Ÿ˜Š

๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธย “It’s just a sky, Donald! It’s everywhere! It’s nothing special!”ย ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

It’s not just about the sky.

๐ŸŒŽย It’s a reminder of the planet we all live on, the only planet human beings inhabit.

โ˜๏ธย It’s a reminder of the clouds, how they are ever-changing each and every day.

โ˜€๏ธย It’s a reminder of the sun, that without its light our whole civilization would perish.

๐ŸŒŒย It’s a reminder of our universe, that we live on but a mere speck of what is estimated to have billions of other galaxies besides our own.

There are so many things we take for granted each day which grant us the very gift of life.ย ๐ŸŽ

And THAT is what the sky reminded me of that day!ย ๐Ÿ˜Š

So whenever you feel you have a big problem in your life, or you simply want to be reminded of a greater perspective, I encourage you: look up. Because it’s always available to us!ย โค๏ธ