Promoting Self-Worth and Pride - Recipes and Remedies for Everyday Living - Green Tip #24
Before I begin, I must apologize for not giving credit where credit is due. While I had no problem acknowledging the inspiration behind Green Tip #8 -Promoting a Friendly Eco-system, that being Lady Hummingbird, I’ve been remiss in not acknowledging the inspiration behind GreenTip #11– Bugs in the Compost Pile and Green Tip #23–Natural Cold and Flu Remedies. To my dear friend and Vice President of HJH, Bart Sontag, I humbly apologize, as he was the inspiration behind both.
It is upon this reflection, along with the upcoming 11th anniversary of 9/11, I base today’s tip:
Green Tip #24– Recipes and Remedies for Everyday Living– Promoting Self-Worth and Pride
The events of 9/11/2001 devastated the greatest nation in the world. We were blind-sided. Thousands of innocent people were killed; severing families, hearts and spirits. In the past eleven years foreclosures, unemployment and suicide rates have escalated. Whether the result of that devastating day, or the general mindset of mankind, we have become cold, hard, possession and wealth driven and have lost sight of what is important: human nurturing. We’re too busy making money and keeping up with the latest technology to remember it is people who are the driving force. It is people who make the world turn, figuratively speaking of course.
We Are God's Creatures
We are all God’s creatures. We have souls, hearts and spirits. These are the driving force andabsolutely need to be nurtured in thes ame way we nurture our bodies. Perhaps even more so! We humans are driven by recognition of a job well done, or kind deed. We have no problem encouraging and rewarding our children and pets for unselfish behavior, learning a new trick, good grades, etc. Why does it stop when we become adults? Do we lose the need to please? Do we cease the need to nurture our souls and those of others? No, absolutely not! In fact, reinforcement and recognition, appreciation are more necessary to maintain a healthy sense of worth as we age. We take on more responsibility. Not only the responsibilityof maintaining a home, job, car, etc., but we become responsible for the well-being of our children. It is our job to do God’s work in bringing good morals, love and responsible and kind behavior to the new additions to God’s Kingdom. That’s a HUGE responsibility and can and does become overwhelming! But we get wrapped up in material possessions, devoting time to our jobs instead of our families and selves. God created our souls. Man created the competitive nature with which we’ve become obsessed, to one up our neighbors or take a place on some superficial list. Have we lost sight of what is, in the end, the only accomplishment that matters?: the health of our souls and the pride with which we were intended to share. As I write this, it has dawned on me that sharing is the human condition that has been lost. As a result, we no longer act as humans whose nature once was to share, whether feeding someone who hasn’t eaten, giving someone a warm bed when he has none, a shoulder to cry on or a hug when someone feels alone and unloved.
Call me an idealist, and I’m proud to say my rose-colored glasses put me in that category, but if we humans were to put fellow man’s spiritual needs first, the world would not be in the state it is in today. We don’t think twice about helping those in need if we can deduct that help from our taxes, but what about helping those in need in order to deduct some of their pain or bring a smile to their faces or see tears of joy running down their cheeks? How are we any different from the puppy who lives to please his owner who rewards him with praise? Or our children? It’s human nature to want to please. Do we offer only words of chastisement to our children and pets, or do we offer words of encouragement and appreciation? At what age do we lose that right or need? We NEVER lose that right or need, folks! It’s so, so important to remember that and to put people– their spirits– first! What do you get from a child who is only reprimanded and never praised? You get a rebellious child who continues the negative behavior in order to gain your attention and grows into an adult who carries that mindset forward, often to illegal or harmful activity. Is that any way to live? Are you breeding a negative, destructive being because that’s all he’s seen and knows? That’s not the job God gave us. And our job is not over until we leave our earthly bodies! We are putting our energies into the wrong values, or lack thereof!
We All Experience Hardships
We all experience hardships, whether physical, financial or emotional. That’s why it is vital to our well being and living according to God’s plan, that we nurture each other. Recently, my son and I were having hard times. Ugly, stressful, resentful times. We were constantly fighting and saying ugly things to each other. As a single mom in today’s spirit-broken, bank account driven world, life can sometimes seem unbearable. When my son told me he no longer feels loved, I regrettably saw I had become prey to society’s ill-driven mores. It broke my heart to hear my son doesn’t feel loved. He told me I’ve become cold and uncaring. Wow! God did not give me the blessing of this beautiful person for me to teach him the very behaviors I abhor! As a child, when I saw my son exhibiting selfish, mean, ill begotten behavior, I’d ask him, WWJD? And look at me now! I had to ask myself the same question and will continue to do so for the rest of my life! Thank God– and I truly mean that– our relationship has been restored and we are here, today and every day we are given, to ask ourselves that question. How many people who lost their lives on 9/11/2001 didn’t have that opportunity??
Live your life as if today is you last. Let God know His efforts aren’t for naught. Love each other. Praise each other. Share what you have. Give your heart and nurture the hearts of others.Give credit where credit is due and keep your criticisms to a minimum if you can’t offer praise. Let all who cross your path in life know they are worthy and appreciated for what they have to offer. Let the people you love know they are important. Tell them you love them– everyday! Nurture your soul. God rewards those who take up His challenge.
I Leave You with This:
The topic of human nurturing is so important to me, I could on and on. My intent here is to make you think, not harangue. So, I will leave you with this: what is it you expect to reap with the seeds you sow in this earthly life?
Keep a smile in your heart (and those of others!) and never, ever let the music fade!
God Bless You!
Shauna L Bowling
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