One of the most disturbing news story last week was that of a disabled man who drowned in Florida while a group of teens laughed, mocked him and filmed the incident. They all watched him drown and apparently thought it funny.
There is definitely a breakdown of moral values in society. As parents most of us do our best to raise decent human beings. But something has got to be wrong when a group of young men find it amusing that someone is drowning – basically taking their last breath – and feel no sense of compassion, no moral obligation to assist. It makes you wonder what else they will find funny?
5 Things Every Abused Woman Should Know
- Don’t be ashamed: It may seem strange but many women experience sense of shame that they are the victims of abuse. In their minds it is something that happen to other people not to them. Hence they find it difficult to accept and may go into denial mode.
- Do not make excuses for your injuries: Some women will make excuses for their injuries rather than admit that they are victims of abuse. The stigma of being a battered woman make them feel less than and so makeup become their best friend. They develop the art of covering up the black eyes and the bruises. Many do not understand that the longer they make excuses for and cover up their injuries the longer they help to facilitate the abuse. People cannot help you unless they know that you need help.
- Realize that you have a problem: Living in an abusive relationship is a serious problem. It is almost like living at the foot of an active volcano. Now and again it may give off signs of an eruption and if you don’t take heed one day it will actually erupt and the consequences may be devastating. The first step to solving a problem is admitting that you have one. An abusive partner is a serious problem.
- It is not your fault: An abusive partner may make you feel that his inability to control his anger is your fault. He may hurt you and say to you, “You see what you made me do.” Over time you might start to believe that it is your action that causes his anger and lack of control. Just know that it is not your fault. You are the victim in the situation.
- You have to end the silence: This is not going to be easy but you have to set aside your pride and think more about preserving your life. You have to end the silence, tell someone about what you are going through. Talk to trusted family members or a trusted friend about your abuse. Seek out a support group in your area. You have to talk about it so you can get help.
This week’s Woman of the Week is:
MARIE CURIE – November 7, 1867 – 4 July 1934
Marie Curie was a Polish and naturalized French Chemist and Physicist. She developed the theory of radioactivity, technique for isolating radioactive isotopes. She also discovered the elements polonium and radium. During world war 1 she developed mobile radiography units which provided x-ray services to the field hospitals. Today mobile X-ray units are a life saving part of health care.
Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the only woman to win twice. She founded the Curie Institutes in Paris and in Warsaw. Sadly she died of aplastic anemia caused by her exposure to radiation from her research in radiology.
This week we pay tribute to this iconic woman who contributed so much to the field of Science.
Often the greatest joy we derive in life come from those moments spent with family. Yet so many miss the opportunity to create great moments because they are in pursuit of everything except investing time in family.
Acquiring great wealth is okay, so are the titled positions and accolades, but nothing beats having a family who loves and cherish you. That is the greatest wealth anyone can have. Many people neglect their families in pursuit of wealth and find out too late the chances they missed to create memories.
We must make time for family and cherish the moment spent together because at the end of our lives all the wealth we have acquired in this world is meaningless and when we go all we can take with us are the memories in our hearts. Let us no longer miss those opportunities to create great memories.
A heartbreaking story today is that of the death of a eleven year-old girl in New Jersey. This child’s life was so senselessly cut short. She did not stray from home, she did nothing wrong. She was murdered at a place where she was supposed to be safe…on her home ground. He 18 year-old neighbor is presently being held in connection with her death.
There are no words that can numb the pain of her grieving parents. To lose a child is hard, but to lose one in this manner is even more heartbreaking. Prayers for the family little Abbiegail Smith….. gone way too soon. May her soul Rest In Peace.
Maintain your individuality in a relationship. Allow someone to share your life but never allow that person to become your life. Despite your best efforts a relationship may fail to work out. If that person who is your life walks away what will you have left? It is much harder for someone who considers the other person to be his or her life to bounce back after a breakup. In fact some individuals have been known to commit suicide because they accept the breakup to mean tht their life is over. Breakups are hard but by maintaining your individuality you will find it easier to cope.
“Every woman needs these three things: Self-Esteem, Self-Love, and Self-Confidence. A female that possess all three is an empowered and unstoppable Queen. She knows her worth! Everything about her represents quality. Her happiness comes from within, first. She respects herself. She values who she is. She’s not easily impressed or persuaded by people or things. She has purpose and direction! An admirable being is what she is: Extraordinary and highly desirable. She’s an Unparalleled Woman.”
― Stephanie Lahart