I've never been a morning person. I just can't see the sense of it. Perhaps because I worked night work for nearly twenty years, going home to a waiting bed while grumpy, bleary-eyed people were on their way to their day jobs.
Others enjoy watching the sunrise. Mug of coffee in hand, they're eager to start the day. For them, their energy levels run highest at that time of the day. Mine run highest in the afternoons. Some of us require nine hours of sleep. Some can operate quite well on four or five. Isn't it wonderful how we're all different?
Talents and abilities come in different amounts and areas, too. How many of you have heard piano players who've never taken a lesson. They just have an ear for music. Some people are natural athletes. In some cases, they can play multiple sports and excel at each. How do you cook? I can make a meal with no recipes. Perhaps because I've been cooking so long. Others couldn't follow a recipe if their lives depended on it. Yet I can't dance a single step with grace, while others move nimbly as if they were made of jello molds.
I like to celebrate our differences. I believe in the beauty of diversity. Do I want everyone to think like me? Heaven's no! Do I want everyone to behave as I do? Goodness, what if they did? Who would greet the sun to hear the birds chirp their morning songs if everyone slept in like me?
There is a serene beauty in accepting the differences within humanity. Is the person with the gloomy personality less important than a person who sports a perpetual smile? Is a person with blue eyes more beautiful than a person with brown? Is a child with a handicap worth less than a physically perfect child? If you don't think the same way I do about politics, does that make you less patriotic? Please say it isn't so!
Yet bullies zero in on those with differences.
Overweight kids, poorly dressed kids, shy kids and those thought to be weak in any way are targeted by bullies. These bullies have progressed from the playgrounds to the school buses to the Internet. Sadly, bullies grow up and become adult bullies. Often with power. As adults in power, they bully and putdown anyone who does't think, act, talk, and walk the way they do. They see no beauty in diversity, no acceptance of the uniqueness of the individual. They live in the ugly world of "Bully-ism."
I much prefer the beautiful world of love and acceptance.
Would you like to join me?