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Are you “Owning the Game”?

One way to improve upon current conditions in your community is to not just change the game, but to own the game.  Owning the game means setting in place value systems that are beneficial to your  livelihood. It may mean listening primarily to music that uplifts your spirits. It may mean watching television shows and movies that give you a positive and respectful perception of people who live in your community.  It may mean supporting politicians because you directly see their positive influence in your community. Owning the game simply means allowing your own actions to influence your destiny. What can you do to show that you are owning the game?

OWYA!

Do you know your food?

When was the last time you looked on the label of a food product you were about to purchase to see what is in it? When was the last time you associated the image of the animal to the meat you were about to eat? Should we continue to trust that the food that is sold to us provides the nutrients needed to carry on a healthy life? These are questions that may make you ask yourself, “do I know my food”.  Just like most things in life, to really feel comfortable with something, we first need to be more familiar with it. With most friends that we have, we first get to know them before we acknowledge them as a friend. Most clothes that we wear, we first check the size, the material it’s made from and the price… Yes, we get to know it. So why should we not get to know our food? In the future when you’re shopping in a grocery store, take a little time to “get to know your food”. Think about that animal that the meat came from and how it was raised.  Think about the large amount of sugar in that beverage.  If you look at the ingredients on a processed food and you see a lot of things you’re not familiar with, well, consciously make a decision on whether or not you think it’s good for you.  Even if you do buy it, at least you can say, you got to know it first.

Keeping it R.E.A.L.!

Do you know how to really keep it R.E.A.L.(Respect Essentially All Life)? Keeping it real means knowing that the environment in which we live provides us with everything we need to survive. Keeping it real means knowing that if we destroy the environment, we are essentially destroying ourselves. Let’s keep it real… We as humans can be very damaging to our surroundings in the environment. Our over-demand to provide for ourselves has created a system that often only looks out for our species and not the entire ecosystem. We cannot continue to think that we were only put on this Earth to have dominion over it, but instead, realize we were put on this Earth, like all other life forms, to live harmoniously. We will never destroy this Earth but we can destroy our ability to live on it.  Let’s keep it real and be good neighbors and use our intelligence to make this world a better place for not only humans, but for all living creatures.