Monday, January 16, 2012

Character Jewel

Hello Beautiful

A few weeks ago I was driving home in the solitude of the night.  The radio was playing “Doo Wop(That Thing)” by Lauryn Hill, an RnB song from the late 90’s.  Naturally I began to sing as though I were in the shower as I hurried down the highway.  This song blends the bold flavor of Lauryn Hill’s voice with an uncharacteristically honest message seldom found in mainstream music.

The lyrics call out girls for being loose with their sexuality and then feeling overcome with self-pity.  It asks why they lie to themselves in exchange for a false sense of worth.  But it doesn’t stop one sided as “The second verse is dedicated to the men…”.  Lauryn lays it on the guys for their mistreatment of women.  Their carelessness of emotions and concern for “that thing” is exposed as their insecurity amongst their peers is also uncovered.

The song, while initially concerned with issues of sexual promiscuity, is truly about character.  What are the moral and ethical traits upon which we stand? Do we have such a flippant disregard for ourselves and others that we are willing to compromise all sense of value and self-worth to get what we want?  This concept extends past the sexual.  What are we willing to sacrifice to get a cheap thrill?  To win an argument with a spouse?  To get ahead at work?

Our character is not only defined by how we treat others, but also how we allow others to treat us.  How often have we been cautioned to be wary of people that want to use us? Disrespect us? Or even be abusive towards us?  Are we so secure in our self-worth that we allow this to happen?  I love the line that says, “Don’t be a hard rock, when you really are a gem.” 

We forget we are royalty; the daughters and sons of a King.  We take the precious stones of our lives and throw them repeatedly back into the mud.  Allowing others to trample on them.  Overlooking the worth within.  Pull your rock out of the rough.  Polish your stone.  Refine your character. And treat others with a mutual exchange of respect and worth.  Carry yourself like a jewel that proclaims you are beautiful.

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