I wanted one rule. Respect. Oh how I love you Aretha Franklin! That is all it comes down to. In the classroom I planned to break it down on the first day of class. I would have Mrs. Franklin (or is she Ms.?) singing on my radio all about that one all-important word. I would then inform the students that I expected only one thing from them. R-E-S-P-E-C-T. And I believe that respect has three parts to it. Respecting first and foremost yourself. Second your peers. And Third Authority. Easy, right?
I would explain to the students that respecting yourself doesn't mean you can feel entitled to a free ride, or expect for people to do things that make you happy- no. Respecting yourself means doing what is good and right for your development as an individual. Making healthy decisions and choosing healthy actions. Being fair to yourself, and not hard on yourself. Being prepared for the day, and giving it your all...much like in life. If you act out of respect for yourself you won't go around telling lies and wearing a mask so people think you are something that you are not. There is a point when the mask has to come off... but only after it has become a joke to those that know the truth behind it, and before you realize it is too late to keep the beauty that was once beneath. And you are not being respectful of yourself by creating an image you can't always keep up with. So many people hide behind these masks, and sadly I fear do not even know their true selves.
I would then explain that you have to also respect your peers. And through respect you have an understanding. That everyone is different, and unique and beautiful on the inside. We all have dreams and desires, loves and dislikes in life. If we respect each other's right to be an individual, respect them to give them the same treatment we would want for ourselves, and treat them with love-then we all have done what we can to help foster each other in this world of judgmental hypocrites.And that if everyone first acted with respect to themselves and chose the right actions, or even chose the right means to right a wrong...then we could all co-exist a bit easier.
Then finally I would explain that if the last effort was to respect authority, then the rules of conduct, and taking care of the campus would all fall into place nicely. And then in life-if you respect the world you live in, and the authority that is placed on us we could really make this place shine.
It is really too bad tho...too many people don't have enough respect for themselves to be honest with their actions and treatment of others. For whatever reason these people rely on others to pick up their slack, and to bend to their will. It is too bad they cannot love themselves enough to see the light that can come from a world where people realize that we are all trying to live just a little bit better in the same place. We all have people who gave birth to us, people who either took care of us or brushed us aside for their own selfish pursuits...but if we can break the cycle of selfishness, and raise each other up...then we can all reap the rewards that would come from it.
I for one will never put myself or my needs above those of my family-my husband, children and parents come first. From their happiness I see more being created, and from their joy come more rewards than anything else I can imagine. I know I am living a life led by love, full of light, and overpowered by the beauty that resonates within my soul.
I'm preparing for an adventure with my love-and must rest my pen for now... but know if you are in my life, then you have my love. Feel the rhythm of love, embrace it and dance with it. It can create so much beauty in your life, and in others too. I don't know why I am feeling so passionate about this right now. But I really hope that my words reach at least one person needing to be lifted right now.
Maybe someday I'll have that class to share my rules with. But for now-I'll live by them and share them with anyone willing to listen....
Just another day in the life of C A Stone...♥
Live in the rhythm of love...and share the bliss!