So I don’t know if you knew this but this world is full of problems. Just turn on the news if you don’t believe me. Local, national, or international, you are gonna be hit with a whole lot of problems. And we are always trying to find solutions to these problems, are we not? The amount of money and research that goes into finding cures for a wide number of illnesses is astounding. The amount of projects that go out overseas and attempt to solve, or at least aid in the solving of, a certain disease or issue such as poverty is pretty big too.

I got the chance last year to go over to Uganda and work with Oasis Mbale, Uganda for three and a half months. While I was there I realized something. I noticed the simplicity of one of their programs, the ESTEEM program. Now I’m not saying the program is bad or not effective or is easy. I am saying that the concept behind it is simple. To build self-esteem. Period. Ok maybe not period, there are other things that go into it. But that’s the basic part of it. Develop self-esteem in children so that, when they grow up, they can be positive change makers in their community. It’s simple, but so effective. If we all had self-esteem then we would be fine, arguably. I’m not talking being big headed, no. I am talking having respect for yourself and confidence in yourself. There is nothing wrong with that. If we respect ourselves, we respect others. And if we respect others, why would we rip other people off, abuse them, treat them badly, or condemn and isolate them. Does this make sense? I think, and I’m going out on a limb here, but I think that, if we all ingrained self-esteem in our family, friends, coworkers, etc., then that would go a long way to solving many of the world’s problem. It’s just a hunch, but it makes sense. Think about it; rescue homes for the abused and abandoned would disappear (because self-esteem
shows no abuse), atrocities just as murder and rape would cease to exist (because self-esteem doesn’t hurt others), and communities would be strengthened (because self-esteem creates fellowship).

Self-esteem is created through encouragement, and encouragement builds way to further encouragement, which builds way to further encouragement. And with that, the world becomes a better place.

It sounds simple. It is simple. But it could go a lot further in improving things than we may think. But that’s just a hunch.

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