This week’s writing prompt: Your ancestors
Have you taken those personal genetic tests? Were you surprised by the results? Did your results confirm what you already knew?
For today’s writing prompt, write about your results. Paint a picture of the people and circumstances that were instrumental in your existence.
I love myself. I can’t remember if I ever didn’t, but I really love myself now.
There were times when I felt I needed to change. Those times were mostly because I was told so by someone else. Even then I wasn’t convinced. When I was younger, I was told I was too thin. I didn’t have any health problems, and I didn’t think I was too thin. Nevertheless, I gained weight. I didn’t to it to please myself, but to please someone else. I did quiet a few of these changes in my people-pleasing years.
There were times when I felt the need to change, and I did. I did so because I wanted to. The things I needed to change were the things about myself that I didn’t think served me or were not good for me. I changed my diet because I was not as healthy as I wanted to be. It was a personal decision. That was one of the first things I did at the resistance of those people I was trying to please. It was hard in the beginning, but I did it. All subsequent personal changes were a lot easier.
Sometimes you may need to make some changes, but they should be for your own reasons and beneficial to you. Trust your gut. You know yourself better than anyone.
I light of my new fondness of taking care of plants, I have started relating that care and growth to my own life experiences. One of my favorite things to do is propagate plants. I love watching the roots form and multiplying my plant family.
This led me to think about what little parts of me am I taking off to grow in the hopes of multiplying parts of me that I wants to add to the world.
I work at a university. Part of my job is to help students develop skills to succeed academically and in the world. I hope sharing the good parts of me with them so they can continue to grow.
I hope I am doing the same thing with my son. It is funny to see that we have almost the same interests and similar personalities. He too in an introvert, loves to read, and he loves the arts. I’m not sure how much of that I am responsible for, but I like to think of him as my most successful propagation.
As of late, I have noticed that I have somewhat traded my voracious reading of books to binge-watching. This is a habit I am working to reverse, but I have seen some very interesting and thought-provoking series.
Currently I am watching The Crown on Netflix. I am fascinated by the idea of a limited monarchy, and I struggle to see its relevance. The idea of deference is what stands out for me. My character is instantly opposed to it. I find it difficult to show blind devotion to something or someone just because, but I know that it exists.
I am a parent to a wonderful 14-year-old son. When I think of any persons deserving of deference, it is parents, but we are not always deserving of it. We are all fallible, and I am not opposed to my son pointing that out to me. How are we to teach our children to think on there own if we don’t allow them to challenge things? I am not suggesting that parents not be in control of their children, but to allow them to ask questions and not to follow blindly.
I experienced such deference with an employee at my former place of employment. I had hired a man who was homeless and had very limited education. Needless to say, he was thrilled to have a job and I was even more thrilled to give him that opportunity. One day, I watched this new employed clock out and return to work. I immediately caught up to him to let him know that he is to be paid for all work he does and to not work off the clock. He responded by telling me that he knew he was not supposed to do so, but the boss told him that he had to finish the job for the day regardless of being close to overtime which he was also not permitted to have. The man then told me “You have to do what the boss says sometimes even if you know it’s not right”.
I was enraged and saddened. I was enraged because I knew “the boss” knew this man was so dependent on his employment that he would do anything to keep it. I was saddened because this man felt he had to do what he knew was not right because “the boss” told him so. Being the person I am, I a made sure “the boss” was reported and the the worker was compensated for the work he did.
My question is when does respect turn into senseless deference? At what point do you compromise your own beliefs and values in deference to something or someone?
I have often been criticized for being too nice or too optimistic. I have been challenged by people who say that I am not being realistic, but I disagree. I know things are not perfect all of the time, but they are not bad all of the time either.
One of my new pastimes is taking care of plants. I have a myriad of houseplants and am now working on establishing some outside as well. I love watering them, repotting them, pruning and cleaning them. I have done hours of research on the care of my new personal jungle. I find the entire affair quite revolutionary. Especially in terms of my own personal growth. One can relate much of what I have learned about plants to one’s own life.
Life needs to be lived and nurtured. We need to take care of our lives and work toward growth. Not all growth is easy. Sometimes you must be uprooted and transplanted to new soil in order to flourish. Often you have to evaluate an environment to make sure it is well suited to your growth and development. Sometimes you may only need to make minor adjustments, and other times you may need to do things completely differently. There are times when we must reduce in order to make way for the new. We may also, on occasion, have the opportunity to take a little part of ourselves and give it away to create something new and fresh. With all these changes, we must allow for some trial and error. No thing is perfect.