R-E-S-P-E-C-T... tell me what it means to YOU?
I have been thinking about writing a blog about respect for several weeks and after recent events, it felt like I could no longer put this off. In the infamous words by Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul,
"Is it too much to ask for a little bit of respect?"
I want to start by saying that everyone is entitled to their own opinion and those opinions should be respected, even if we don't agree. That being said, it is NOT OK to deny someone else the ability to make a decision about themselves. When we take away someone's right to make a decision for, and about, themselves then respect is lost.
My deep hope is that we, as individuals and as a nation, can learn to love and respect one another. If you don't agree with what someone else is doing, then don't do it! If you don't believe in abortions, then don't have one. If you don't want to wear a mask, then that's your choice. If you don't want to marry someone of the same sex, then don't! That is your right to make those decisions. Someone else may want to make a different choice and that should be OK too.
Everyone deserves the ability to make their own choices.
I urge you to consider the following:
Does overturning Roe v Wade uphold our founders' wishes for "liberty and justice for all" when research shows that millions of low income women of color will suffer disproportionally from this federal policy change?
Does easing gun laws uphold one of the ten commandments, "thou shall not kill" when evidence shows more guns leads to more deaths?
Are we "loving thy neighbor as thyself" when discrimination against people of the LGBTQIA+ community is more rampant now than ever?
We are living in a time when actions ARE speaking louder than words! One of the most important ways you can have your voice heard is by VOTING! If you are not old enough to vote, write a letter to your local government official. YOUR VOICE MATTERS! USE IT!
As we strive to move forward, the Black Eye Peas song, "where is the love?" comes to mind. Are you living by the values of love and respect? If you have friends or family who have differing opinions to you, do you love and respect each other? To reiterate- we are all different and are entitled to our own opinions, but we need to give people the freedom to make their own choices. America is known as "the land of the free." I hope we can work together to allow all people the opportunity to be free to decide what's best for them.
Whatever feelings you are having are acceptable and I welcome the opportunity to support you through this difficult time. Feel free to email me at email@example.com or call/text me at 703-375-9871 to set up an appointment.
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With love, respect, and hope for a better tomorrow,
Melissa Z. Golub, LCSW
Owner of MZG Counseling, LLC