It’s day 18 of Blogtober, and today’s prompt is: Respect Everyone. This is in honour of it being World Values Day and Conflict Resolution Day today. With that in mind, I am going to talk about my own values, and what makes me… me!
There are three rules I live by, and they basically make up my values.
1). We’re all human
This is basically equality. For me, it makes no difference what colour someone’s skin is, where they were born or whether or not they can walk – we’re all human! I am fortunate I was born in the UK. Someone born in the middle of a war torn country did nothing to deserve that. If we can help them… let’s do it!
Personally, I am not religious. I have plenty of friends who are. I have no problem with religion, and people believing whatever they want – as long as they aren’t hurting themselves or anyone else.
Skin colour is irrelevant to me. I remember my parents moaning about some “paki’s” taking over the local shop when I was a child. I was horrified, and said that the new shop keeper had as much control over where he was born as my sister did of being born with Epilepsy. I think I definitely made them think – I never heard them make racist remarks again after that.
2). Always be kind.
I have always believed that you should treat others how you would want to be treated. I try to do this wherever I go, and whoever I come into contact with. I’m not perfect, and I have plenty of lapses, but I try.
My Mum had two sayings which helped me when I was being bullied as a child…. Firstly she used to say… “If they are picking on you, they are leaving someone else alone”. Secondly, she used to say, “If you have nothing nice to say, say nothing”. Both have always stuck with me.
I’m the person who will drop everything and run to help someone. I’ll give my past pound to the man on the street, Top of my wish list for when I win the lottery is building a dog rescue centre and then a respite centre for families with special needs kids.
3). You only live once.
My Dad died at 54, and my Mum at 64. Neither saw a penny of their pensions. This makes me so sad, especially for my Dad. He spent forever counting down to when he could retire.
I guess because I lost both parents fairly early in life, I am quite keen to live in the here and now. I’d sooner spend my time making memories, rather than tidying the house. Most people seem to be the opposite. I like my house to look nice, but if it’s a choice between taking the dogs for a long walk in the woods or cleaning the kitchen, the walk will always win.
What are your values? I’d love to hear.
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