These are the things I want to consciously convey within the stories I tell, because these are the things important to me and my understanding of humanity.
Five Okays and Not Okays
It is okay to ask for help, because people are kind when they feel needed.
It is okay to thank someone. How else are they to know they are appreciated?
It is okay to say I'm sorry in private, because forgiveness needs no audience.
It is okay to disagree with one another. The world will not end if we don't all come together like sheep.
It is okay to be considerate of each other's time as it is a precious resource.
It is not okay to play dumb while others run around explaining things when something goes wrong. Now is a good time to thank them for saving your ass.
It is not okay to check your phone when you've asked someone a question and are now receiving an answer. They could be utilizing their time to help someone who is more respectful.
It is not okay to call a United States service member a murderer when they are out there defending your freedom to call them such horrible names.
It is not okay to argue with one another and try to change each other's minds about religion, politics, or other individual prejudices. Righteousness needs no acceptance. Just walk away!
Years ago, I would be writing things like:
It is not okay to walk on your neighbor's lawn.
It is not okay to cuss or put up your middle finger.
It is okay to keep your hands to yourself.
It is okay to pledge allegiance to the flag.
Gosh, the world has become so complicated, hasn't it?