Am I a Liberal or a Conservative?
No, I am “a” person.
Am I a Black or a white?
No, I am “a” person with white skin.
Am I a nerd or a jock or a cool kid?
No, I am “a” person who is a little goofy, who likes to play sports, and who can be a bit edgy.
Am I a Northerner or a Southerner?
No, I am “a” person who lives in America.
Am I a homosexual or a straight?
No, I am “a” person who happens to be heterosexual.
Am I a Christian or a Muslim or a Jew or a Catholic?
No, I am “a” person who believes.
And I am most definitely not a stereotype! And neither is anyone else.
We are not a skin color, a political party, a location, a sexual orientation, or a religion.
We are all just people living our lives.
We look up at the same sky.
We share the same sun and moon and stars.
We breathe the same air.
We share the same planet.
We are human beings. That is it.
We cannot be “a” Liberal or “a” Conservative. And we cannot “a” Black or “a” White.
We can only be human beings with Liberal or Conservative viewpoints. And we can only be human beings with white or black skin.
We are all human beings. We are all equal. And we are all beautiful.
Hey everyone, I just wanted to say thank you for all the likes on “A Totallyyolo Thought for the Day: Money Isn’t Everything” and the two follows that I received yesterday. It really means a lot to me! This blog is really new and I am still trying to figure everything out. To see so much support is such awesome!
Thank you everyone!
Found this great story while I was reading one of my text books the other day. This two-paragraph tale is a reminder that money cannot buy happiness. Being in collge, I hear my some of my fellow students say all the time that the only thing they want to do when they get out of college is make a TON of money. That’s great! Money is definitely important. We need money to support ourselves and fulfill our needs. But what about all the things in life that money cannot buy? Friends, family, health, love, purpose, mindfulness, appreciation, empathy, change, laughter, time, and compassion. Money cannot buy you more time to spend with your family and friends. And it definitely cannot buy you a smile or a hug or love.
So now that I am done rambling, here is the tale:
After complimenting one fisherman on his quick catch of several large yellowfin tuna, the banker asked what he did with the rest of his time. “I sleep late,” explained the fisherman, “fish a little, play with my children, take siestas with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village where I sip wine, and play guitar with friends. I live a full and busy life.”
The American scoffed, “As a Harvard MBA, I could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the profits buy a bigger boat. Eventually you could acquire a fleet and move to New York where you could run an expanding enterprise. Eventually you would have millions.”
“Then what?” asked the fisherman.
“You could retire,” said the banker. “Move to a small fishing village where you could sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siestas with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine awith your friends.”
So funny! Just a reminder that money cannot buy us happiness. Sometimes we already have everything that we need to be happy.
So don’t forget the value of everything that you cannot buy and…
So for one of my classes, I had to complete a writing prompt. The idea was really simple: consider how you want your life to be and how you want to be remembered, then write your own legacy. What I loved about this exercise was that it helps give you perspective on how you should live your life. What legacy do you want to leave behind? And what can you do right now to create that legacy?
Let me share my own legacy:
He was a great man.
Perhaps, not great in the sense that he always knew what the right decision was. But great in that he always had the courage to follow his heart and his intuition when making a decision. And great in that he accepted the responsibility to make decisions for himself, even the difficult ones, and did not cower in fear of persecution.
Perhaps, he was not great in that he had an immense wealth. But great in that he had a true passion for his work. He had purpose and direction and his work created a better life for his family, his friends, and society. He did not waste one minute of his life doing work that did not bring him joy and fulfillment and that did not make him a better human being. And he labored with the idea that his work was not a means to an end but a process to be appreciated and enjoyed.
Perhaps, he was not great in that he belonged with the majority. But he was great in that he was an individual who accepted and loved himself for who he was and not for who he wanted to be. He had the guts to stay true to himself even when the rest of the world conformed.
He was great in that he lived each day as though it were his last. He believed that the life that he had been given was a gift to be cherished. He knew that nothing in life is certain and guaranteed but the present moment, and so he lived his life according to this knowledge.
He was great in that he had the courage to fail. He knew that in order to succeed in life you must be willing to fail. If you are not willing to fail, then you will never try.
He was great in that he had the courage to care. He did not allow himself to be oppressed by the indifference of society. Rather, he was brave enough to care and make emotional investments even if he was sometimes disappointed or hurt.
Finally, he was great in that he lived. No matter how dark the day or hopeless the circumstance or heavy the burden, he never gave up on this life. He always found a purpose and a reason. He always had hope.
What do you want your legacy to be? I would love to hear it!
I just read an article on MSN announcing that Lindsay Lohan is now “committed” to changing her life. Now, you know that I am 100% in support of anyone who wants to improve the quality of their life. Like I have said before, I believe the first step to living a better life is actually making the decision to live a better life.
But LiLo has decided that she is going do inspirational speaking! Apparently this is a part of her therapy but I am really not sure that this is a good idea. Are we really sure that Lindsay is ready to inspire young people?
I have two problems with Lindsay trying to inspire anyone. First, there is still an ongoing case dealing with LiLo lying to police about driving her car into a truck in June. Apparently, she tried to convince the police that she was only a passenger in the car. But from what I understand, she was the only one in the car. So if LiLo wasn’t driving the car, then who was? Maybe it was her twin from “Parent Trap.” Anyway, she might be going back to jail for a bit depending on how that case shakes out. And that is also assuming that she doesn’t raise any more ruckus in the meantime. Is this really the best time to be doing inspirational speaking?
The second problem I have with this is that she is not really helping herself. Yes, I understand it is part of her therapy. However, I really think she should be focused on improving her life and facing her problems before she tries to inspire anyone to do the same. You cannot take care of others unless you first take care of others. So lead by example, LiLo.
The top 5 people who inspire me the most: (1) Martin Luther King, (2) Mother Teresa, (3) Dalai Lama, (4) Franklin D. Roosevelt, and (5) Lindsay Lohan.
Oh wait, that’s not right. Lindsay Lohan didn’t make the list!
That’s my rant for the night.