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Missing Morals: New Year, TRUE You
January 5, 2013
By Jessica Root
Intern Reporter for the Tribune
Two weeks ago, you were challenged to be the change you wish to see in the world. If you’re on board with that then you’re ready for the next step.
Odds are you’re already slacking on your New Years resolution, whatever that might be.
The whole “new year, new you” thing is completely taken the wrong way. Change is inevitable and necessary, but not when you’re trying to run from something. You are who you are and you DON’T need to change a thing.
There’s a Special K commercial in honor of the New Year with the tagline “What will you gain when you lose?” After you lose all of the weight, figuratively or literally speaking, is it really about the weight lost or the newfound confidence you have?
Special K hits home with their commercial’s message: it’s not about being skinnier or healthier or better or someone you’re not. It’s about being YOU and loving yourself. It’s about losing the negatives and gaining a more positive outlook on yourself and life.
Your family and loved ones are your roots, your rock, and they love you for you. They’ll support the crazy changes you think you have to undergo, but when it comes down to it, they love your unique quirks that set you apart from every other human being in the world. They wouldn’t change a thing about you, so why should you?
This week, challenge yourself to look in the mirror, think about who you really are and be that person. Write a list with all of your great qualities and talents, and then use that list to be the change you wish to see in the world.
If you’ve been hiding your true self, it’s time to bring that person back out. When we love ourselves, others will love us too.
In lieu of that, don’t judge other people. Everyone else is just like you; we’re all just trying to navigate through this crazy thing called life.
Humans are inclined to be selfish and the world we live gives us the internal desire to rise to the top, but that’s only damaging the beautiful world God gave us.
We’re all consumed with making ourselves desirable to others thus causing our morals to go missing. We change this and that hoping to become someone worthy of 100+ Facebook likes.
When you do what you want to do and be who you want to be, you’ll be happier in the long run. News flash: life isn’t about the way you present yourself on a social networking site.
While we’re busy changing ourselves, we forget what truly matters. If we embraced our differences and banded together for the greater good of humanity, what might the world be like?
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