Monday, January 9, 2012
Day 9: Signed a Petition to Stop Using "The R Word" (and Dedicated Myself to Stop Using It)
Outside of showing kindness and helping others, I knew that embarking on this journey would aid me in some personal growth as well. Today's random act is something that doesn't atone for what I have done in the past, but it helps me to remain cognizant of my words and actions. I have used the words retard or retarded in the past. I have used them jokingly. I have used them as derogatory towards friends (great friend right?). I have used them in such a nonchalant manner that I probably didn't even realize I was saying them. I'm not sure why I have said it so freely without thinking about how negative a connotation it has. So today, I have dedicated myself to stop using The R Word. Moving forward, if I catch myself or others catch me using it, then I will add an additional $1 to the end of the year donation. However, I intend not to use it moving forward. To solidify my stance on not using the word, I signed the petition at www.r-word.org, which is a group dedicated to eliminating the cavalier and negative use of the words retard and retarded. From now on, I am going to be more mindful of the things I say to others and the impact that it can have.