weed out hateAccording to Brownielocks, April 3, 2013 is Weed out hate, Sow Seeds of Greatness Day. I think everyday should be that kind of day.

A couple of articles in the last month seem related to this thought of hate and greatness. The first is “Lost Pounds Lead to Burst Fantasy” is which women share how their problems of self image or relationships have not changed with their decrease in weight.

The second “Public Shame is a Better Example of “If it feels good – do it” than Teen Pregnancy” – a post by Brene Brown in response to the NYC public education campaign targeting teen pregnancy. This post highlights shaming doesn’t assist in creating positive changes. Rather, it is at the core of anger and blame. (I encourage you to take the time to read this post.)

Maybe it is just me, but it seems like the behaviors in others that bother me most are either ones I don’t understand or are things I don’t like in myself.

Learning to accept ourselves for who we are, the way we are is a GIANT first step. That doesn’t mean we don’t see things we would like to change. Rather, it means loving ourselves enough to want to do our best. The same is true for others – we need to accept them for who they are (warts and all) and support them in their efforts to better themselves.

Individuality seems to create joy in some folks while for others it brings an angry response. They should think like me, talk like me, act like me…Really? The fact is they aren’t you.  Instead, treat others with the respect, honor and tolerance that you wish to receive. (Polite behavior can be contagious!)

Recently, a person requested on Facebook ideas for songs with easy words that have a simple positive message. The wonderful responses from others included:

  • “Bright Light” by Barry Bernstein
  • “We’re People Firs”t by Jeff Moyer
  • “Down by the Riverside!” – lots of repetition, plus plenty of scope for rhythmic involvement.

There are so many beautiful songs that speak to honoring ourselves, loving others, looking for good around us. Here is a playlist to get you going. 

I leave you with this inspirational prayer credited to St. Francis of Assisi:

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