Here’s the deal:  In every classroom, family, friendship, work environment, social media interaction, politics, religion, etc. — It’s Time!

It’s time to take off the masks.  It’s time to reveal our true selves.  It’s time to get down and dirty in the muck and mire, time to put our cards on the table, time to lose our hidden agendas, time to verbally state our grievances instead of letting them fester into full blown resentment, and time to step up in vulnerability.

It’s time to acknowledge that we don’t know everything, and that we don’t have to like everyone we meet in person, that we work with, or come across on a social media platform—but that we do need to collaborate, to teach, to listen, to lead, to agree to disagree, to not be bullies, to not be on a power trip but rather, to empower others.

And another thing: it’s time to say “Hello”, “How are you?” or “Have a nice day!” Or just give a smile instead of a glare simply because it’s the polite, kind, human thing to do.  Believe it or not, not everyone that says hello to us wants something from us, or wants to know our personal business, etc.  They are simply being kind.

We need to both expect and give respect; we need to not be enablers, but educators.  We need to learn information and retain the knowledge, not to be constantly deferring to or blaming others because we didn’t know. As adults, it’s our responsibility to educate ourselves. Read, read, read; research, ask questions, write it down, retain it.  Once we learn something new, share it with others. We alone are responsible for ourselves!

Here’s the deal:  It’s time to take a good long look in the mirror and ask yourself “What if I or my actions (inactions) are part of the problem? Am I contributing to the negativity?”  The natural follow up question we need to ask is “What am I doing to be part of the solution?”