Being valued as Special, everybody deserves it. When people are treated as if they matter, or not, their lives are changed. Whether we realized it, or not… Everybody is special.
The homeless person in the park, the elderly in a nursing home, our kids in school, their teachers, the principals. They all are special! Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhist, Pagans, all the people of this world that represent different religions are
The store clerk, the taxi driver, the bus driver, waiters, police officers, prisoners, guards, immigrants, doctors, patients, and nurses; the poor, the wealthy, the middle class; big nations, small villages, people without a homeland should all be treated with respect.
Fundamentally, we are all born with the right to be valued and respected. We should all value ourselves and others just because we are alive. We all have the right to be here and we belong here. We should all honor everybody here and what they have to offer. We should be able to live in a culture which is safe for everybody to contribute their own gifts and talents. Everyday, we witness stories of people who are treated without value and respect. We see it in personal relationships, families, businesses, school systems, healthcare facilities, religious organizations, and governmental bodies.
We have all witness people who are perceive to be weaker among us, being treated badly. We see it when a supervisor harasses a employee, A child bullies a classmate, a sports team hazes its new members, a grownup that verbally abuses a child, or a prison guard who harass a inmate. A company that steals money from those who invest it.
Sometimes when the fundamental birthright of being trusted with value and respect are denied…we witness stories of some person going postal in the work place, a teenager who goes on a violent rampage because of being bullied at school, a seemingly small incident that escalates into a international crises. Of course, acts of violence are never justified but when we ignore it…it hurts our world as a whole. It leads to bigger widespread social problems like – high rates of school dropout, prison incarceration, violent crimes, depression, suicide, divorce, and despair. These are the consequences when we don’t value ourselves and others.
If we look up under the surface, there is a bright side to these negative stories. We can see what happens when we get involved? We see dictatorships in some countries, transform into democracies. We see the birth of school sponsored anti-bullying programs. We see equal right protections for people of different genders, skin colors, and physical abilities. Powerful movements are born. Movements that fight for people with aids; movements that fight for people with cancer; movements that fight for veteran rights, prisoner rights, civil rights, and even animal rights.
We all matter! We all are important! We all deserve to be valued and respected. Everybody here on earth is special.
Yes, I agree…..we live in a world of massive challenges – Poverty, Famine, Crime, disease, climate changes, war, and so many other things that need to be changed. But I challenge you all to look within yourself, redesign how you view yourself? See yourself as special, valued, and important. Next, I challenge you to see the people around you as special, valued, and important. We all matter! Yes, You matter!
As you look within yourself, ask yourself – What movement might be born out of you? What change can you help bring about? No matter how small it may seem in the grand scale of things, its still important.
Our ideas are powerful! Our imaginations are literally the workshop where all things are fashioned. Think about it for a second. It was in the imagination that Thomas Edison first saw the lightbulb. It was in the imagination of the Wright Brothers, that the first airplane was seen. It was in the imagination of Albert Bell, the first tele-phone was created.
There are no limitations to what you can achieve. Beethoven, Mozart, and Franz, all had defects in their hearing and still created beautiful music. Helen Keller was deaf, and blind but still learned how to read and talk to others.
Have you ever heard of craigslist? He started it off as an E-mail list publicizing tech-themed events, and job opportunities in San Francisco. Soon Craigslist was everywhere – Over 40ty million post, sites in 570 cities, and 50ty countries.
Facebook, was created by two Harvard room-mates. Silicon Valley, successes like – Yahoo, E-Bay, Google, Pay Pal’s, Twitter, You Tube, Slide, Snap-Shot, and Yelp…Yes, all created in someone’s imagination. Ideas are powerful!
Stephanie Meyer woke up one morning from a dream of a woman and a vampire talking in the meadows. From that dream, the book – “Twilight”, was born. She had no experience in writing, but it didn’t stop her from writing a book that sold more than 45 million books in the U.S., and 40ty more million worldwide. The movie made over 350 million dollars alone.
Varsace created his own clothing line. The first year sells were 15 million. Within 10 years it reached 353 million dollars. The guy who created – “Hell’s Kitchen” started out as a simple chef. Today, he makes 38 million dollars a year. The woman who wrote –“Harry Potter”, J.K. Rawlings had not experience in writing. Her idea came to her while traveling on a train. She was broke, no job, on welfare, living in a one bedroom apartment with a baby. Today, her books have sold more than 400 million copies, spawned a hit movie franchise and a theme park. Recently, Forbes magazine has ranked he as one of the richest wome in Britain, with a estimated wealth of 1 billion dollars.
What dreams have you woke up with? What ideas have came to you, while going through your normal day? What causes would you like to help change, if you could?
Within you, exist the ability to accomplish anything you set your mind to do. Though the impossible may seem impossible now…with time, the impossible can be possible. Our minds are like vast magnets that are able to attract anything we desire. It is positively amazing, absolutely astonishing, incredibly miraculous – What you can accomplish. For we all are special! May you always remember that.