Identity Theft

Respect. It is the one ingredient needed, and so often lacking, all around the world. I could point to the middle eastern countries right now for examples, but I can also point to suburban streets in the United States. There are countries, world leaders, religions, ideologies, and neighbors who were never taught respect for others.
Teach your children respect. They can’t love every single person they meet, but they can treat them with respect regardless of differences. If you have ever seen someone terrorized by another person, for any reason, you know how fear can ruin a person’s life. The irony found in the bully profile is that they are miserable and want everyone else to be miserable too.
We have so many issues we should be working on such as feeding the world, and keeping our planet healthy and beautiful. I don’t want to spend time changing passwords and trying to outfox the hackers who want to steal my identity and ultimately my money.
Well, I know I can’t fix the world, but I can be positive in my world. I can be quiet when someone is snappy with me (others have bad days too); I can share a smile with someone I pass; I can give hugs and bandaids; I can listen; I can grow vegetables in my backyard; I can respect you and your opinions whether I agree or not.
Perception is everything. It clouds our view, taints our opinion, and gives voice to opposition. We all have a perception on every single issue out there. Every one of us has a bias – based on our beliefs, our upbringing, and our education. The trick is to back up and try to get the bigger picture. That isn’t easy but it can be done, and it might give you a whole new identity.

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About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature and fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's, two topics that are very difficult to manage in real life. Barbara volunteers doing school programs and speaking to support groups. National Parks, hiking, and snow-shoeing are in her list of favorite hobbies.
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