Seeing positive images of LGBT people is so important in our lives. It reminds us to celebrate our love and relationships, every day. Here is one of my favorite images: two young men, a simple kiss, an expression of love and affection.
Never underestimate the power of love. Your love means so much to your family and friends. It has the power to heal, and to bring much happiness to yourself and others. Give your love freely and enjoy life to the fullest every day!
“There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.”
Charles M. Schulz, the creator of the Peanuts cartoon characters, Charlie Brown, Woodstock, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy, Marcie, Peppermint Patty, Pig-Pen, Schroeder and the rest of the gang continues to inspire millions of people around the world through his legacy of love, humor, and inspiration. Here is a link to his official website, and If you’re traveling to the San Francisco area, make sure to visit the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center located in Santa Rosa, California.
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.”
“Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other’s welfare, social justice can never be attained.” (quotes by Helen Keller)
Because I believe in the power of positive thinking, and in an unselfish effort to help others, I propose the following basic human rights be part of every country’s constitution:
1. Universal Health Care; 2. Affordable Housing; 3. Low-Cost, Renewable Energy; 4. Full Employment; and 5. Equal Rights for every man, woman, and child.
Some countries have already implemented many of these goals, but most have not. Selfishness and greed must end for these goals to be achieved. The future of mankind depends on what we do today as individuals and as citizens of the world.
Being yourself is not always easy. In fact, it is often much easier being like everyone else and “fitting in.” That way you don’t risk being alone or lonely. Unfortunately, if we don’t express our true feelings and desires we are living a lie. Anyone who has ever lied so that others would like them knows how bad you feel about yourself afterwards. To believe in yourself takes courage. Many of the people I first met when I moved to New York after college were living double lives. During the day they were pretending to be straight men and women at their jobs for fear of being fired or not getting promoted. Being gay or lesbian in places like New York is not considered a major obstacle to professional advancement as it once was, but people in New York and in cities around the world still hide their sexual orientation. They fear being fired, ostracized, and shunned by their peers. It is a terrible burden to carry around with you, and it is detrimental to both your physical and mental health. Whenever you hide who you are from others it prevents you from living a full and happy life. Fortunately, some very high profile individuals have step forward and admitted to the world that they are gay or lesbian. These courageous people include actor Ian Mckellen, pop star Elton John, and sports great Martina Navratilova. By openly telling the world who they are, they are able to encourage others to do the same. Now, teachers, parents, policeman, and people from all walks of life feel empowered to step forward and acknowledge who they really are. By doing so they have lifted a terrible burden from their lives and have set a great example for others to take that all-important step to living their lives to the fullest.
Discover what you can do to let your true colors shine through on the next page…
As co-founder and editorial director of PASSPORT, one of the world's preeminent travel magazine, Robert Adams is an enthusiastic proponent of writing and photography that highlights the best our world has to offer, while at the same time shedding light on what needs to be done to protect our planet and ensure human rights for everyone.
Robert began his career as a photographer and writer in New York City covering politics, the arts and, of course, travel. Starting Here, Starting Now, is the first book in a series that Robert is writing about how to achieve your goals and find personal fulfillment. According to the author, "Life is filled with abundance, joy, and love, but many of us are too busy to appreciate the opportunities we have. In this book I offer, simple, straightforward advice to help everyone live life to the fullest every day!"