WHAT ARE YOU SAYING?
Your life is what you speak! Words do not tread lightly. They engulf and intertwine their destination, causing life or destruction. It is your choice.
We as teens are prominent voices for nonliteral comments. We respond with sarcasm and "jokes" not knowing the true impact we have. Our words shape who we are.
For a majority of my youth, I disparaged myself with my words. I would tell myself that I didn't deserve great things, that I was unattractive, and that I wasn't worth talking to. As the words left my mouth, they latched onto my life. Opportunities and awards were out of my reach, I was emotionally torn when I looked in a mirror, and as far as public social interaction goes, I was alone. The worst part was that I continued to believe what I was speaking. However, I corrected my words; I spoke favor, beauty, and friendship into my life. Sure enough, life changed for the better! The positive words immersed my heart and manifested.
You can change your situation with your words. Speak positively, believe great things will happen, and take action to benefit yourself and every living being on Earth. Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. (Proverbs 18:21 KJV)
Sending out positive vibes, I challenge you to speak life-building words and allow them to attach, grow, and activate!
By Kaci Hollingsworth
"We are one as the Human Race, be aware of your actions towards others."
If your life was a movie, would you be proud of your actions? I can honestly say that I would edit out some scenes in the movie about my life. I was raised in a Christian family where love was essential. Contrary to the stereotypical image of Christians being judgmental and intolerant human beings, I believe in unconditional love and staying focused on God. I was taught to forgive people that wronged me, to welcome people who are different than me, and to encourage others all while giving glory to God. I know everyone wasn't taught the same things, but everyone's heart knows right from wrong. For example, you know that it's not okay to take things that don't belong to you. People miss out on life changing opportunities and benefits because they belittle people even though they know it's wrong. Picture yourself sitting behind your best friend in class
Your best friend is worried about a test in their next class because they missed the notes and wasn't able to study. You know that your best friend will not be allowed to hangout with you if they do not pass the test. Another student who also has to take the test offers the notes to your best friend, but they decline them. Later your best friend tells you that they didn't take the notes because the student whom offered the notes lives in a certain neighborhood. Your best friend failed the test and missed out on everything you guys had planned all because someone didn't live on the "right" side of town. Humans live on the same planet. Some humans live in the same city. Some humans even attend the same school, yet they miss life changing opportunities because of their inability to accept physical, geographical, and/or racial differences. We should be careful how we treat people so that we don't miss out on life changing and benefiting moments.
The highly controversial Rachel Dolezal, former NAACP president for the Spokane, Washington chapter is being criticized for being a Caucasian activist for African Americans. How can we criticize someone for helping us? Is it not possible that Rachel could have felt that she would have a bigger impact on her mission to help and uplift the African American society by blending in? I searched online for some of Rachel's accomplishments, however the results only shared the negative responses to her racial identity reveal. I realized how people are quick to dwell on the negative things, instead of focusing on the positive.
Sending out positive vibes - I would like to challenge you,my fellow humans, to find ten virtuous acts that Rachel did for the African American people.
Written by Kaci Hollingsworth