A bit of an apology, and some commentary:
First,I need to apologize for not having my guest piece up yesterday (or today). Between missing some pieces of the post and being sick, I wasn’t up to posting things. It will go up next Monday. And thank you all for your patience with me.
And now the commentary…
I try to avoid reblogging, but find myself doing so all too often of late. Sometimes it is simply because I feel I cannot say anything as potent as what I am reading in another’s words. Other times, it feels only just to give the original author the accolades. That very powerful piece by Christine Slaughter from The Dash Between I posted on St. Patrick’s Day, evoked so many memories for me… I am grateful for the new awareness of my own rights that it gives me: And here, if you missed it, is the link: http://brilliantlyred.wordpress.com/personal-bill-of-rights/
This, of course, is not the only Personal Bill of Rights out there in the ether. A quick search helped me find many such pages. Most seem to revolve around people with problems: alcoholism, mental health issues, child and/or domestic abuse victims… It is both heartening and not to think that an affirmation of one’s value as a human being is so necessary among people who have not been able to receive the world’s fill of joy. The strength of will required to assert such self-value is good, and I cheers me to know that many have found that strength in the face of adversity.
But why does the existence of suffering make so many feel unworthy of simple human existence?
Like Christine and so many others, I have had my experiences that have left scars on my psyche. I do not dwell on them, or even analyze them (as I probably should). They helped mold who I am, but I am not defined by them or those who inflicted them. It’s wonderful that we are finding our voices in this world.
Especially when in watching articles such that this one from CNN, we find that too often, it takes an awareness that we are all human to realize that we all deserve the rights of humanity. How many of us do not know that we have rights as well?
- Personal Bill of Rights (community.mentalhelp.net)
- Your Own Personal Bill of Rights (www.selfgrowth.com)
- Charles Whitfield’s Personal Bill of Rights
- Growing Up Unhindered Personal Bill of Rights (best of the list, ihmo)