We All Have “Something”

This blog is written by Lee Gale Gruen to help Baby Boomers, seniors, and those soon to retire find joy, excitement, and satisfaction in life after retirement. Her public lecture on this subject is titled, “Reinventing Yourself in Your Retirement.” Her memoir, available by clicking here Amazon.com, is: Adventures with Dad: A Father and Daughter’s Journey Through a Senior Acting Class. Click here for her website: http://AdventuresWithDadTheBook.com

Now, on to my blog:

All Gender Bathroom sign

I saw this sign at an airport terminal recently.  I have no idea who was enlightened enough to create a bathroom for everyone no matter their persuasion.  However, that person simply posted the sign, and the thousands of humans passing by in that busy location didn’t seem to suffer any harm from it.

All of us have something about ourselves or our lives that is viewed as less than ideal in our current culture, or we have a friend or relative who does.  We think that our something merits special consideration, tender handling, understanding, tolerance.

Maybe you or they are handicapped in some fashion. Maybe you or they respond slower than others, are of a particular physical build, intellectual level, sexual orientation, hue on the color spectrum, or whatever which is not so  highly prized by our society just now.     

So what do we do with you or them?  Well, everyone hopes that others will be kind and forgiving of their particular affliction or situation. However, let’s take a good look at ourselves. Are we as kind and forgiving of others’ oddities, needs, differences as we hope they will be of ours? 

Why does a group of boys attack another boy who is homosexual?  Why does a person insist his religion is the only way to believe, and then kills non-believers to that end?  Why does someone with so much money go out of his/her way to disadvantage others merely to make more?

Our country and much of the world is divided by prejudice against race, sex, gender identity, religion, politics, and all manner of things. However, I’m sure you have heard the aphorism: let he who is without sin cast the first stone. Are you so perfect that you can judge others and find them wanting?

Remember to treat everyone with love, care, consideration, and compassion no matter how different they seem to be.  We all share humanness; we are far more alike than different.  There’s another old saying that has been termed “The Golden Rule”:  Do onto others as you would have them do onto you.

Why do so many forget that?  It’s often the one screaming the loudest to denigrate another who is hiding the most in his/her own life.


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4 responses to “We All Have “Something”

  1. great post – which airport was this sign in?

    • Hi Daal, I fly regularly, and I really can’t remember the airport where I photographed the sign pictured in my blog; it was some months ago. Another of my readers emailed me and said she had seen similar signs in a few restaurants. So, I guess it’s becoming a movement, and not just an isolated incident.

  2. Roger Trammell

    We all definitely do have something, LGG, and need to remember that when being tempted to judge others.

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