October 25

Choose Your Path Wisely


Right Path

There are so many paths in life; you will have to make a lot of choices.  Not everyone will or should be on the same path.  Just following someone else, is not necessarily where you belong. 

You need to make wise decisions; think about the consequences of your choices.  Take time to evaluate your past choices.  Do they feel right to you?  How will they impact the way you want your life to go?  Will you be adding more obstacles to your path?  Who are resources for you along the way?  Are they positive and reliable?  Do they have your best interest in mind?  What are your gifts and talents and how can you use them? 

If you feel you are on the wrong path what changes can you make to get back on the right path?  Who can help you find your way? 

We will all make mistakes along the way.  It is important to recognize them and make the necessary changes. Gather together your necessary support system and your equipment; build up your strengths; pack up your gifts and talents; use your senses; and wisely find the path that is right for you.   

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October 17

All Colors Work Together in Harmony


This time of year, you have to love all of the colors in Minnesota!  Did you ever notice how all of the colors just work together, in perfect harmony, and form an incredibly beautiful world?  It isn’t difficult, it just happens.

Our world is also made up of all kinds of people; we are all different (colors, shapes, sizes, ages, etc.) Together we can also live in harmony.  Why do we make it so difficult?

This school year, Minnesota D.A.R.E.’s  campaign, will be DARE to C.A.R.E.

C.A.R.E. stands for C – Caring,  A – Acceptance, R – Respect, and E – Equality.  These are some steps we can take to reach our goal.

First, we need to care for others.  The definition of care is  to “feel concern or interest; attach importance to something.”  Everyone is important and deserves care.

Acceptance means “the action or process of being received as adequate or suitable, typically to be admitted into a group.”  Who are we to judge others as being inadequate or unsuitable?  Be kind to everyone and “accept” others for who they are.  You do not have to love their behaviors but you can still accept the person.  Everyone comes from a different background that helped make them who they are; good or bad.  Listen (with all of your senses) and try to understand.  Everyone is a unique individual with feelings, gifts, and talents too.

To respect someone is a way of treating or thinking about them. If you respect your teacher or your parent, you admire her/him and treat her well.  Everyone wants to be treated with respect.  Everyone (young and old) deserves to be treated with respect.  If you want to get respect, you have to give respect.

Equality means “the state of being equal, especially in status, rights, and opportunities.”  We are all equal and desire to be treated as such.  For some reason, we seem to get the idea that we are better than others; it makes us feel special.  Treating people equally, respectfully, accepting them, and caring for them will actually make you feel better about yourself too.

Living in harmony with others doesn’t come as easy as the colors of leaves in the fall.  Consider how spending time judging, gossiping, criticizing, trying to control other people can make you miserable too.  Why not trying C.A.R.E. instead?

Kathi Ackerman, MSW, LGSW, LADC

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