America, You are HERE.

Title Card from Television Show, 1954 (Wikipedia)

THIS IS WHERE WE ARE, AMERICA. THIS IS WHAT WE’VE DONE.

But a million is a really big number, so I’ll start with just a few:

  • I walk with my head down a lot. I’m going to work on facing forward, instead of downward.
  • I’ll be facing faces instead of feet, so I’ll look people in the eye.
  • And smile. Otherwise, suddenly I’m a little creepy. And I’m not trying to be creepy.
  • I’m going to exercise my right to vote, no matter how small my impact feels.
  • I’m going to pay more attention to what is going on around me.
  • If I see someone struggling — to keep from dropping something, or to open the door at work, or to get to something they can’t quite reach — I’m going to ask them if I can help them.
  • But I’m not going to assume they want my help.
  • I’m going to try and bring sunshine. Not rain.
  • I’m going to infuse life into the room instead of sucking the life out of it.
  • I’m going to remember that all people are people.
  • If a person’s circumstances make me uncomfortable, I’m going to remember that my reaction is about me, not them.
  • It’s easy to look the other way when someone is dirty, and homeless, and shaking from withdrawal. But under all of that is A PERSON. I forget that, even though I have been homeless and addicted. Thank goodness people reached out their hands to help me get my life back. I’m going to pay that forward more often, and better.
  • I’m going to take precautions when I’m out in the world to ensure my safety, but I’m not going to shut the world out because I’m afraid.
  • I’m going to actively listen. To my kids. To my mom. To my boss, and my friends, and my doctor.
  • If those I’m listening to ask me for feedback, then I’m going to provide them with feedback. If not, I won’t force it on them.
  • I’m going to give people the benefit of the doubt.
  • And second chances.
  • And thirds. Maybe.
  • But I have boundaries, and I have a voice, and I’m going to use them.
  • And I’m going to teach people to respect them. Because only I can do that.
  • I’m going to think before I speak.
  • I’m going to try not to say or do things that will hurt others unnecessarily.
  • I’m going to mind my own business. It is not my place to jump into the middle of other people’s conversations unless they ask me to. And sometimes, not even then.
  • I’m going to write a gratitude list. Every day. More than once a day, if I start feeling ungrateful. Because life is full of gifts and treasures that I take for granted all the time.
  • I’m going to try and stay where my hands are. Right here, right now. Because that’s all I have. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come.
  • I am going to work on accepting people and situations the way they are.
  • The only thing I’m going to try to change is ME.

BECAUSE I SURE AS HELL CAN’T CHANGE AMERICA.

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I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, but I know I want it to be spelled right and punctuated correctly. I guess that’s something.

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Alexainie

Alexainie

I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, but I know I want it to be spelled right and punctuated correctly. I guess that’s something.