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NOTE: This is a Guest Post used with permission from Gloria Thomas Anderson, LMSW at http://www.hearttones.com.


Indian spiritual and political leader, Mahatma Gandhi once said, “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” Unfortunately, not everyone has the same idea of what that change would look like.

What if all people chose to value and respect others starting with those in their own communities? What if individuals trapped in the venom of racism were freed of the poisonous and deadly effects it produces? Wouldn’t that begin to manifest change throughout the world?

If each one of us takes a step to reach one for positive change, we can begin to make this world a safer and more accepting place for all human beings.

Here are 10 steps to becoming the change we want to see:

1) Look inward. Become more conscious of your own preconceived thoughts and biases about others.

2) Minimize “tolerance” of others. Tolerance sounds like a positive word, but it is not when used in regards to people. When someone tolerates another person, they are “putting up with” them. Who wants to be put up with?

3) Maximize empathy. Empathy is not sympathy, which is feeling sorry for someone. It is rather a concerned disposition that carries with it a sense of compassion.

4) Understand diversity. Be mindful that other people may not be like you in any way or they may experience the world differently than you. Diversity means “differences”.

5) Ask yourself this question: If this happened to someone I care about, would it still be okay?

6) Avoid assumptions. Generalizing and grouping people into categories based on stereotypes and lack of information usually leads to prejudice and racism.

7) Take a stand. Make a personal commitment to stand against prejudice by speaking against statements or actions that are derogatory, demeaning or hurtful to others.

8) Challenge Stinkin’ Thinkin’. These are negative thoughts, attitudes and behaviors that are driven by social conditioning. Some of these behaviors and ideas are passed down from generation to generation.

9)
Promote equity for all people. We are still one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

10)
Choose to be the change. Make a conscious choice to be the change we all want to see. Remember: Nobody is a Nobody, and everybody is Somebody.

Blessings to you,
Gloria
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