I have been so blessed to make some great friends on my journeys this past year! I have made so many new friends in my travels to China, Iran, Japan, Eswatini, Ireland, Iceland, Chile, and Mexico, and have learned so many fascinating things from every adventure.
But there is one group of friends I have made that have supported me since the beginning of my journey-Mrs. Joyce and her class, 3/4J in Australia. I have received so many heartwarming messages from these awesome kids and every drawing and message has meant the world to me! These kids are really unique, and I was so very happy to have them explore the world with me to learn how others live and see the world. I can already tell that Mrs. Joyce and her class will be leaders in making the world a better place!
I always hoped that I could make a difference in the world. I wanted to bring everyone together by sharing different cultures and discussing the things we find special, no matter where we are from. Whether I traveled to Iran or Chile, Ireland or Japan, I found that family, friends, and love were all big components (that means parts) of the culture and what brought everyone together. We all have many differences, especially when we first look at each other or where we may live, but in our hearts we all seek unity with something, and that was something I saw everywhere I traveled.
In order to share our culture and traditions with others we have to respect where they come from, and the culture they were raised with. Just because someone eats something different, believes in a different higher power, or looks different, doesn't mean they should be treated any differently than we would treat ourselves. Respecting each other means treating each other the way we want to be treated. Here are some great examples of respect from my friends in 3/4J:
"Dear Joy Sun Bear, I think it is important to treat others well because you can hurt others feelings if you don't. And you should always treat others the way you would like to be treated." -From, Ayuen.
"Dear Joy Sun Bear, I think it's important to respect others and yourself because if you don't learn how to respect yourself you won't know how to respect others. You won't have any friends because you won't respect them." -From, Tori
"I think it is important to respect yourself and looking and knowing when to look and not touch. Listening when someone is speaking and treating others well." -From, Arizona
"I think it is important to show respect when someone else is talking. Make eye contact. Don't talk when someone is talking. Do not talk because if you it is your turn to talk that same person that has already had their turn to talk will talk when you are having your turn to talk. They would not like it." -From, Makiala
"Joy Sun Bear | RESPECT IS -Knowing when to look, not touch. -Sharing personal space, only when invited. -Listen when somebody speaks. -Treating others well. -And treating your resort well. CONCLUSION I think it is important to respect people when they respect you back (treat others the way you would like to be treated) because they might not respect you anymore." -From, Tyson 3/4J
"I think it is important to respect people or anything else that's living or not because you could make a new friend if you respect someone nicely." -From, Jimmy
"Respect yourself. you treat yourself like how you respect others so that's how you want to be treated." -From, Maddison.
"Dear Joy Sun Bear I think it is important to treat other well because it's very respectful." -From, Olivia
"Dear Joy Sun Bear, I think it is important to respect yourself, because you don't need to go in anyone's else's business." -From, Jade
"I think it is important to respect yourself because if you hate yourself , eg: some people might have better stuff then you and you start to hate yourself because you, don't have something that other people have. Everyone is all different and it does not matter if someone has something better then you." -From, Yewande
"Dear Joy Sun Bear, I think it is important to respect yourself because you don't want to just respect other people." -From, Angel
Thanks for all your words of wisdom 3/4J! I am sure going to miss your class, but am so proud of all you have accomplished! And I know Mrs. Joyce is very proud of you as well! I wish you all the best starting a new year in grade 5/6. Please stay in touch and share me with your new teacher and parents. I can't wait to share my new adventures with you in the coming year!
Now, here are 5 ways that I feel we can all show respect.
I'd love to hear how you show respect and how we can make our world even better by respecting ourselves and others around us. Please ask your parent, guardian or teacher to help you comment below with your thoughts and thanks for reading friends!
Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and thanks for all your support!
-Joy Sun Bear