First order of business, check my emails to see if I have any work orders today.
Oh no! It’s World Autism Awareness Day. I frantically tried to throw a blog post together for my son. I wrote a pretty terrible poem as a quick gesture; it’s ok, he’ll just be glad I remembered. Off to work I went.
I passed a building with a banner that read, “April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.” Spam emails about Testicular Cancer Awareness Month flooded my work inbox. (I don’t have Testiculars, so I’m pretty sure I didn’t sign up to read about them at work.)
All this awareness bombarding my morning mindfulness routine got me to thinking. Just who’s month is it anyways?
Later on in the day, I actually read a post where someone was sad they couldn’t participate in World Autism Awareness Day, because they were at a conference for Health Awareness. What does a person do when they are put in a position to decide between which cause to support that day or month; just who is more worthy or whose strife the worst?
It’s a good thing April is also Stress Awareness Month, because this was kind of wearing on me.
A little insight, I love problems! I love them because they give me a chance to find solutions. My brain starts firing in a million different directions as I contemplate all the possible answers to solve the issue at hand. I think I might even get a little high of sorts upon the revelation of my new problem solving ideas.
Da Ta! Low and Behold, a solution that seems to make perfect sense to me.
How about every day is Awareness Day? Not for any one cause, but for every cause, every person on this planet.
It’s a simple thought really, based on respect and love.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings.
Every person and living creature you come upon has their own set of unique struggles, customs, and beliefs. Everyone deserves to be treated kindly and have their personal hardships honored and acknowledged; not compounded by ignorance and disrespect.
At the same time, we all suffer from the human condition. We all have to live on this planet together. Each and every one of us has a right to live, pursuing a path of fulfillment; free from the imposing judgment and actions of others. We are all the same as much as we are unique. Moreover, I personally believe we are all One; to disrespect someone else is to disrespect myself.
So let’s make every minute a moment of Avid Awareness.
Every day is Be Aware of Your Surroundings Day.
Choose to maintain a cognizant consciousness.
If we carry out our lives with mutual respect and consciously chose to acknowledge the struggles of those around us, we will never be put in a position of having to decide which awareness cause to support. Nor would we continue to be bombarded by campaigns boasting their needs and begging for money.
More importantly, if we are aware of the world around us, no one will have to cry out for people to pay attention to their needs and rights.
A quick shout out to Black Lives Matter:
If history and this country acted in a way to honor you, rather than harm you, you never would have needed to shout, “Hey, our lives matter; you can’t keep killing us.” You do matter; we all matter. I refuse to sit idly by as practices of this nation reinforce prejudice and injustice against people because they tan better than me. Besides, it might be pretty tough for you to find a slot in the awareness schedule to spotlight your cause. I got your back. (Black and Blue) It’s about time we acknowledge and act in a way that honors the rights and lives of every global citizen.
Be a global citizen, check out @mathias-sager.com.
This daily post was inspired by the curiostraveller site and their post about stinky feet, among several others. Thank you for reminding me today to be aware of my surroundings and the customs of others.
Header picture by Elaine Kelly, author of Free The Truth