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One of the greatest things that a person can learn in their lifetime is to experience others. This seems silly I guess, of course we see and hear everyone. But, what I mean is more that that, I mean, intentionally, purposefully, and with respect. From time to time, I find myself purposefully looking away, not with the intention of respect, but with the intention of ignorance. You must know what “they” say, “what you don’t know can’t hurt you”, right? I wonder a lot in those situations what the good thing to do would be. I don’t say right because to me, right is subjective and good, not so much.

As humans we are naturally learners, so we tend to observe and consume bits and pieces of information just by looking, hearing, and experiences. I believe we link the experience with a necessity for action, so what we don’t see, we don’t have to do anything about. Right? Well, at least that is the way that I tend to operate. Avoiding the “now I have to do something” thoughts is really my intention. Being aware of this attitude has caused change in me. I sincerely hope that I have improved my ability to lay aside the guilt, and give people the dignity that they deserve and I would expect, myself.

And why? Because, if the norm was to live out under the stars, we’d stare at people who lived inside and set up programs to help the break free of their plight. And if the norm was to wheel around instead of walk we’d pass laws to make sure buildings included stairs and extra chairs so that “walkers” would be able to participate in daily life in an accessible way. We all have some challenge, we all have some strength. Some things stand out and some can be hidden. Look with respect, look and find yourself, look and learn. Listen to people, their story, their challenges, and wisdom.

I have found, that there is nothing that I HAVE to do, but for me, I choose to see you as I see myself: You’re not perfect, you have something to offer, something to teach me, something to learn from me, you have a story, a past, a present, a future, you can change, and be changed. (Even if it seems/is hard.)

Now what? Well a small step for me what this awesome website: http://www.r-word.org. It’s not only about equality, but about respect and that is probably the two best things anybody can do for their community, respect it and point out how much we are not in it alone.

Check out http://www.r-word.org/ (you don’t have to do anything, just look, and if you want, make a pledge of action)

One more thing, before you go… Galatians 3:28 28 There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. (NLT)

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*B.A.S.I.C = Brothers And Sisters In Christ

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