| JOHN HENRY
My goal is to get people talking, thinking, and motivated to change. I try not to shy away from ruffling a few feathers in the process. As I see it, if you’ve pissed someone off, you’ve made them think. You don’t always have to agree with me and I hope you don’t. Discussion and debate fuel a more enlightened world. I truly believe in the concepts of social justice and equality. However, I see a hierarchy of importance when it comes to attaining these goals. Until we respect ourselves, our bodies, and our own health, how can we expect others to respect us and treat us with the dignity we deserve?
With each movement of human rights there were leaders who encouraged those involved to strive for something better in themselves and in the world. As you look back on this year, are there things you can work on to better yourself and progress the movement? I’m tired of accepting people as they are when they have the potential of so much more. Change is hard for everyone, but with an incremental approach, it is much more manageable. Try something small and grow from that. Multiple steps can make up a great leap forward.
As always, the most important thing to remember is that you are worthy of more only if you believe in your own value. To quote The Perks of Being a Wallflower author Stephen Chbosky, “We accept the love we think we deserve.” Consider these words as you reflect on 2013, prepare for the joy of the holidays and the promise of a new year.