I don’t know about everyone else, but I have many masks that I apply throughout the day. I am not being deceitful to others, only to myself. This is what I have a problem with. I treat others respectfully, or at least I try to, but I bully myself a lot. What I say and do is reflected upon many times and then scrutinized for honesty.
I was listening to the news, and began laughing at the seriousness of one person’s perception, of the correct thing to do. He was confident in his thinking, and positive about his righteousness in the matter. Of course he believed others who differed with him, to be without care and evil. My first thought was he must not reflect very much about anything. For sure I would not enjoy judging the good or evil of anyone.
As I look around all I can see is the massive amount of people who have ongoing issues with family members. It is difficult to avoid listening to their side of the story. I am not saying they are wrong. As a matter of fact they are totally correct in their thinking. The problem is the other party is totally right in their way of seeing it. What a problem when each factor digs in their heels and puts up barriers to any attempt at viewing the other side of the issue.
So many times as I have moved onward with my life, I look back and recall various events. What is astonishing to me, is the people who stand out, as the ones who have either made a difference in my life or inspired me to do and be better. They are sometimes not the people that I knew well, or that played a significant role in my life, yet I clearly remember how they influenced me, and how they made me feel.
Teenage boys endure their own problems and fears. They also choose friends that are in high regard. Girls are judging them by who they are with. The stronger and louder the friends, the more status they gain. Boys watch television and sports, and read books and magazines. All of the media and their own families and peers, emphasize the image of a male as tough, feisty, strong, mean, courageous, powerful, and controlling as a leader. The kind thinking male is very low on the scale. Can anyone else see a problem?