Gems of Gratitude, Reflections

Today’s Gem of Gratitude #211

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Today I am thankful for positive role models. When I take note of the images that males and females are putting on display for society nowadays it breaks my heart, because at least 30-40% of the people whom I encounter throughout my day – whether face to face, via television or some other media outlet, or an app on a mobile device – are carrying themselves in such a way that they are setting negative examples for everyone who comes into contact with them. Whether it’s women shaking their half naked bodies in public view for attention, wearing skin tight or barely there clothing, or participating in all manner of other unscrupulous behavior, or men calling women every derogatory and negative thing that they can think of instead of addressing them by their names, hustling to buy that next pair of Jordans or that next set of rims instead of investing that money in their children or into positive methods of advancement for themselves, the images that many members of our society are injecting into this world are appalling.

There is so much more that I can say about the subject of negative images that are being portrayed in our society, and I probably will elaborate more on that in the future, but this entry is not about that. In this entry I would rather focus on examples of those individuals who, whether viewed in a controversial manner or not, are actively injecting this world with more positivity than negativity. People such as Oprah Winfrey, Queen Latifah, and Tyler Perry, to name a few, are people who through their lives demonstrate that carrying oneself in a respectable manner does not have to take a back seat to embracing their attractive appearance and living a life that is relevant. Both things can be accomplished while still staying true to oneself and the importance of being sophisticated, classy, and respectable.

And though there are positive role models out there, we need more, many more. So, that means that it is up to each one of us to make the decision to take active notice of who we are and how we carry ourselves. We all have a responsibility to ourselves, as well as to others, especially members of younger generations who are looking at us with impressionable minds and dreams of emulating our behavior and life choices. We can and we must do better, because the coming generations are depending on us. #lovebythedrop

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