Today is #HumanRightsDay and I’d like to talk about some rights that I believe should be respected in the realm of our personal and professional relationships.
I found this quote in the United Nations Human Rights Day page, and thought I’d share it with you here:
This quote talks about the exact thing I was thinking about before sitting down to write this post.
It’s in the small places, close to home, that we most need our humanity and our rights respected.
Here are five rights to consider upholding for yourself in your relationships, and possibly helping others enforce them in their own lives.
1. The right to set boundaries
If you’ve been following my posts, you will know boundaries are a big topic for me.
We sometimes have to learn to set them after a major incident with someone.
Other times we are better at setting them because we had a good example through our relationships growing up.
The main thing is that we learn to set them and stick to them. In my book, I talk about how to set clear boundaries and plan ahead when someone challenges us.
It’s important to stick to what we know is right for us, and what will help us have good realtionships with ourselves and others.
2. The right to personal space
We all have different ways of measuring a safe physical and emotional distance from others.
We also gauge this as each relationship develops. We might enjoy being closer to some people, but might want to put a bit more distance with others.
We need to respect this fact within ourselves so others will also respect it. If we set the example, we will communicate clearly what our boundaries are in regard to personal space, and we will be listened to.
If we’re not, then we can decide whether to set an ever bigger distance with some people.
If we are, then we know we can feel safe being close to some others.
3. The right to shelter and food
I walk past so many homeless people. I sometimes ask them if they want some food and get it for them.
Other times, I might not have enough time or money. But walking past them, I feel a sense of anger and feel that it’s so unfair that they are in that situation.
I’ve spoken to some homeless people and they are fantastic, profesionals and creatives that find themselves in a horrid situation due to relationship breakdowns, losing a job due to mental health issues, and more.
I find it appalling that this is happening in a First World Country. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think it should happen in any country, but it is a reality.
These lovely people still have the right to shelter and food. There are things to do to remedy this (I won’t get into politics, you know where this was gonna go if I did!).
I do know that there are cafe’s and churches and other places that support and provide food and shelter to rough sleepers and homeless people, which is great as they are acknowledging these people’s basic needs.
Nobody should be denied the right to a warm bed or a warm meal.
4. The right to healthy and safe relationships
We all have the right to healthy relationships where we feel loved, appreciated, respected, safe and understood.
We also have the choice to leave a relationship when it’s not healthy for us.
Sometimes this is made difficult as the person we’re trying to get away from is toxic, aggressive, and we might be scared to leave.
It might feel like you are trapped in a relationship, but there are lots of places that help you find refuge and support. You don’t have to suffer any longer!
5. The right to happiness and preserving our wellbeing
We all have the right to pursue happiness in any way we find works for us, as long as it doesn’t break any laws or impinge on the rights of those around us.
One aspect of this that is very important to me is doing what I love to do as my profession and job.
I’ve never stayed in a job that I didn’t enjoy anymore. I defy the idea of staying in the same job for the rest of your life even if you’re miserable.
We spend a lot of time at work so it makes sense to enjoy what we do. I love being self-employed and working in my businesses. I wouldn’t change them for the world!
Another way in which we can pursue happiness is by keeping those people in our lives that are good for us. Those that provide positive vibes and those that support us when we need it most (it works the other way around as well!).
Having hobbies and likes that make us smile is also a way to pursue happiness and keep us feeling well.
Finally, exercisng and eating healthy meals is also something that will help us keep healthy, well, and happy.
What other ways can you think of to keep your (and others’) human rights?