There's a unilateral need to make resolutions come the new year. Personally I find most resolutions tedious things that one concocts with grand intent, but little day-to-day follow through to keep them.
Why is it so hard to keep our word, particularly when given to ourselves?
However, there are those that do actually manage to lose the weight, quit smoking and eat healthier, and I commend you. And if you have not yet this year made any resolutions worth keeping, let me encourage you to make this the year that you are kinder. More aware. Given over to little acts of gentleness to your fellow man.
We do not need to indulge in neurosis and depression for the suffering of humankind, but rather simply and more consciously direct our daily actions towards something that supports our awareness of humanity as a whole. Perhaps a nod of consideration for the mother that cuts in front of you instead of grumbling. Or a gentle smile for the bank teller that deliberately ignores you although she's looked your way three times. We forget to remember that life is as much joy as human tragedy, and mostly when people are rude, or hurtful or obstreperous, it's generally because of something within them rather than us.. We are also none of us in such a hurry that an extra hug to our children and/or loved ones would run us so terribly late that it's worth the forfeit.
So I, who refuse to make resolutions, herewith resolve to be something more of love and less of againstness, to simply awaken to the potential of each moment in the knowledge that we are all precious and worth the effort. And at any rate, it is beneficial to do something more than simply think about it after the fact. It certainly feels better. Feel free to call me on this if I fail (but as per the above, do be gentle).
And if you have any resolutions to share, please email me. I'd love to hear them.
Having said. Here's the latest article from the Human Rights site at BellaOnline.com.
The Joshua Bush Case - The Good of the One, but Which?
What if the only existing evidence for a crime was lodged harmlessly in your body, and you were ordered to undergo a surgical procedure to extract the evidence which would convict you?
Should the need for societal justice or your individual rights prevail?
ANd as always, visit humanrights.bellaonline.com for even more stimulating and (hopefully) engaging content about Human Rights. And if debating is more your cup of tea, we have a community forum all about Human Rights located here -
I hope to hear from you sometime soon, either in the forum or in response to this email message. I thrive on your feedback, but well-informed criticism is equally encouraged.
Lisbeth Cheever-Gessaman, Human Rights Editor
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