“One of the most spiritual things you can do is embrace your humanity. Connect with those around you today. Say, “I love you”, “I’m sorry”, “I appreciate you”, “I’m proud of you”…whatever you’re feeling. Send random texts, write a cute note, embrace your truth and share it…cause a smile today for someone else…and give plenty of hugs.”
― Steve Maraboli
When we embrace our humanity, we connect to our families, friends, co-workers, and strangers. We connect to them when we show appreciation, love, respect, and acceptance. Let us celebrate this coming Friday, the last Friday in July as “Embrace Your Humanity Today”. To do so, let us all appreciate our family members, friends, co-workers, and all those we meet today. Greet them with a smile, hug or kiss: Send a text of appreciation; Be kind to a stranger; Reach out with kindness to a difficult co-worker, Befriend some-one whose skin or religion is different. Americans, can we have a Day to “Embrace our humanity, and connect with all the wonderful people in our lives, and the random strangers we will encounter today?
Our beautiful America: Land of the free and Home of the brave is in turmoil as we battle tension, hatred, and violence between our Police Officers and minorities. How about on Friday, instead of seeing the worse in each other, we appreciate each man, not by the color of his skin, but by embracing his humanity? Let us all give each other a second chance, or be open to understand our struggles and our differences. Today, let all Americans embrace their humanity, let us put aside the hatred and anger, and reach out with love to each other. Let us make Dr. Martin Luther King Jr proud.
Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars… Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.
America is being clouded by a darkness, and it is up to each American to be a light to drive out that darkness, or our country can become a night with no stars if we continue to go down this road. Look at our politicians and our leaders as they fight to get our votes: they rile up their voters with fear and darkness to hate the other side. It is all negative and character bashing, but instead of that negativity, can our politicians embrace their humanity, and treat everyone with respect and dignity.
So on Friday, July 29th 2016, I challenge all Americans to embrace their humanity, and show it to all their loved ones, near and far, and to everyone they come into contact with today. Use Social Media and electronics to share your appreciation of your loved ones. Reach out and connect with somebody who is different from you, and make a difference today.
Below Are Some Ways We Can Embrace Our Humanity.
Shower your spouses with appreciation.
It is truly sad to watch couples who constantly criticize one another, and only see each other’s faults. They have become complacent and just take each other for granted. Embrace your humanity today, and really connect to your loved ones. So, today, instead of barking out what is wrong, and what is not good. How about saying to your spouses:
Thank you very much for making my life so much easier.
I love having you on my team.
Honey, thank you for being my friend.
Love, you are an awesome provider, and a really hard worker, Thank you.
I love how you spend time with our kids, Thank you.
Sweetheart, the house looks beautiful, thank you for all the effort you put into it.
Babes, thank you for coming into my life, you give me so much happiness.
Remember, put it also on Social Media on 7/29/2016, and let the whole world know that you are “Embracing your humanity”.
Thank Your Parents.
Reach out to your parents and say, Mom, Dad, thank you for giving me life, and I appreciate all you do, or have done for me. Thank you for all the sacrifices you have made for me, I am very grateful for the life I now have because of you. Mom, Dad, I love you. Even if they are the worst parents, call and thank them for giving you life.
put a smile on your loved ones’ faces.
Reach out to your children, sisters, brothers, cousins, friends, in-laws and let them know what they mean to you. Tell them you are thankful for their support and love. We need to let our loved ones know that we recognize and appreciate their actions and love. Here are some suggestions:
Daughter or Son, I love your kindness, your talents, your dedication, your work ethics, your infectious laughter.
Brother, you always support me in everything I do,. Thank you for having my back.
Sis, I am sorry that I hurt your feelings when I did …..
Thank You. Cuz, you can always make me laugh, keep your humor going.
Mother-in-law, I am so thankful for you, and I am grateful to you for giving me an awesome spouse.
Coach, thank you for believing in me.
Teacher, thank you for making me try out for the debate team. I am now a successful lawyer.
Compliment a difficult co-worker
Look for something good about them, and say it in front of others. Maybe they are a computer expert, or full of knowledge, or they show up for work everyday. Sure, he or she is not perfect, but neither are you. It’s part of being human, so embrace your humanity today and make a positive difference in their life today.
Don’t bash your opponents today.
Today, for just one day, let those in politics, speak no ill of their opponents, don’t distort the truth, or take something the opposition party said out of context, and twist it to further your political agenda. I know we probably cannot expect politicians to speak anything good of their opponent as that would not be good for their campaign or votes. But, today, don’t attack and discredit your opponents’ characters, and make empty promises. Just shine your light for one day by embracing your humanity.
Befriend someone who is different from you.
Step out of your comfort zone, and make an effort to befriend some-one who is different from you, or some-one you don’t understand or misjudged. Try to walk in that person’s shoes by learning more about their culture, their struggles, their pains and their past, and see why they view the world differently. This could help reduce your prejudice or preconceived views.
Thank All people who serve you.
Say a big thank you to the people who keep our offices, homes and buildings clean. Go out of your way to help them, don’t throw your garbage on the ground, put it in the bin. If you don’t know the name of the cleaning lady or guy in your office or your apartment building, find out today and greet him by his or her name the next time you see them. Leave a big tip for your waitress today, about twenty percent of your bill. Compliment her smile or his energy, and if you enjoyed the food, tell them.
Lift Up the Down-Trodden.
Put a smile on the struggling single mother living in your block by telling her that you admire what a great job she is doing with her family. Go a step further, and buy an extra bag of groceries and give to her family. For the lonely veteran who hangs around the deli, buy him breakfast, and spend an extra five minutes asking about his day. Remember to thank him for his service.
Use Social Media To Show YOur Appreciation.
Put up a message of appreciation to your loved ones, and make sure you tag them so the world could read about it and know how much their support and love means to you. Tweet about your appreciation. or post something to Facebook, or Instagram, or Pinterest, and let them know that you are grateful to them for being in your life. Instead of sharing the “gloom & doom, or the tasteless jokes, share an appreciation quote or picture. Let us make Social Media on July 29th 2016 be painted with pictures and words of praises and appreciation for our loved ones, and even the strangers that we meet today.
No Complaints or Criticisms Today.
Try to spend this day, not complaining about anyone or anything, and let us not criticize anyone. Did somebody do something for you, but it is not up to your standard, thank them for their effort? Your food does not taste the way you would like it to be, thank them for the presentation of the food. Let us try today to see the good only in each other.
Treat everyone with dignity.
I am a human just like you and when you embrace your humanity, please recognize and embrace mine too. Don’t discard my life because of the color of my skin, or distrust me because of how I look. Don’t assume the worst of me because I am different from you. Don’t feel superior to me because of my accent, or be scared of me because of the turban I wear on my head. Don’t hate or misjudge me because of what I have, or because I wear a blue uniform. When you embrace your humanity, you can accept and appreciate the uniqueness of others who are different from you. It is only then we can see that we are all created in God’s image and likeness. We all want to be loved and accepted, and to be treated equally, and with dignity.
Today, Americans, let us truly embrace our humanity by appreciating the wonderful people in our homes, our lives, our communities and our country! Share this with everyone: Your families, Your friends, Your Co-Workers, and put a smile on everybody’s face whom you meet today. Let us learn to embrace our humanity so that everyone feels loved, connected, and appreciated today.
Please tag us on Facebook, or Twitter, or Instagram when you embrace your humanity by doing one or more of the above. But you have to join or follow us to do so. Thank you for making this day filled with love and appreciation.
Let us embrace everybody’s Humanity!
AUTHOR: ROSSANA S MOHAMMED.
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