I’m in a good mood today. Let’s celebrate!
Living with integrity means: Not settling for less than what you know you deserve in your relationships. Asking for what you want and need from others. Speaking your truth, even though it might create conflict or tension. Behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values. Making choices based on what you believe, and not what others believe.
Barbara De Angelis
The most common ego identifications have to do with possessions, the work you do, social status and recognition, knowledge and education, physical appearance, special abilities, relationships, personal and family history, belief systems, and often political, nationalistic, racial, religious, and other collective identifications. None of these is you.
There’s nothing worth regret.
Absolutely nothing, ever.
Same for fear, worry, and anger.
Let ‘em go, rise above, get down, move on.
— The Universe
In any situation, the best thing you can do is the right thing; the next best thing you can do is the wrong thing; the worst thing you can do is nothing.
In Bradenton, Fla., a man shot a high school senior to death after she and her friends refused to perform oral sex at his request.
In Chicago, a scared 15-year-old was hit by a car and died after she tried escaping from harassers on a bus.
Again, in Chicago, a man grabbed a 19-year-old walking on a public thoroughfare, pulled her onto a gangway and assaulted her.
In Savannah, Georgia, a woman was walking alone at night and three men approached her. She ignored them, but they pushed her to the ground and sexually assaulted her.
In Manhattan, a 29-year-old pregnant woman was killed when men catcalling from a van drove onto the sidewalk and hit her and her friend.
Last week, a runner in California — a woman — was stopped and asked, by a strange man in a car, if she wanted a ride. When she declined he ran her over twice.
Forced sterilization occurred in North Carolina, at its highest in the mid 50′s and 60′s. According to the Eugenics Board of North Carolina, more than 7,600 people were sterilized in the state alone, a disproportionate number being African-American women. Particularly the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s brought about a threat to normal structures of power and privilege, making groups such as Blacks and Latinos targets of eugenicists. [Continue reading article in its entirety.]
Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.