Peace, Love, Unity, Respect

PLUR

In Jamaica, multiple folks on our resort taught our kids (Sidonia loved it), a practice of touching and brushing thumbs and saying “Peace, Love, Unity, Respect.”
 
P.L.U.R. has origins in 1990’s rave culture, but it’s also the complete answer to what the world needs now.
 
PEACE. There is a lot of unrest, anxiety and fear – of a great number of things. Peace starts from within, ideally with a realization that you are OK and your acceptance of what you can or cannot control.
 
LOVE. The Beatles tell us it’s all we need. Love of God, family, friends. Making meaningful connection is so important right now. Truly listening to and understanding where other people are coming from. There are a lot of passionate opinions and beliefs, some fueled by emotion and others by logic. They all have a place. If you care, you’ll not only spend time trying to understand where others are coming from, but you’ll listen and allow them to express their feelings.
 
UNITY. Coming together as a people is so important. It becomes all the more difficult in times like this because there are so many competing agendas. The only agenda here should be for PEOPLE. Doing the best we can for the needs of the many to ensure safety, communication, involvement in the solution, and sharing of truth over fear. We are having a difficulty coming together as a people because of polarizing and competing agendas that play on our emotions. We need a lot of prayer for unity.
 
RESPECT. No matter what the opinion or beliefs of another, it’s never been more paramount to respectfully express our own views and respectfully listen to the views of others. This does not mean judging someone who seems to feel differently; perhaps it means respectfully asking ‘why?’ Respect does not mean ignoring or swinging a pendulum in either drastic direction. Real people have real feelings and respect means making room for all of them. Trying to find common ground, but at least caring about opinions other than your own.
 
I pray a lot more these days. A practice I picked up early on during this pandemic is something my wife re-posted from social media about praying every time I wash my hands and I still do it to this day. I find myself praying every day for P.L.U.R. – for our world, our country, for all people who are struggling with something, for all people who feel alone or isolated, for those who feel like no one cares what they feel or think or have to say. I pray each of us can strive for these principles in our daily lives and with one another.

About cvheady007

I am a Christian, Husband, Dad, workaholic and author. Biography Carson Vincent Heady was born in Cape Girardeau, MO, graduated from Southeast Missouri State University and moved to St. Louis in 2001. He has served in sales and leadership across Microsoft, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile. Carson is best-selling author of the Birth of a Salesman series, the first book of which was published by World Audience Inc. in 2010. He released The Salesman Against the World in 2014, A Salesman Forever in 2016 and Salesman on Fire in 2020. He is also featured in Scott Ingram’s B2B Sales Mentors: 20 Stories from 20 Top 1% Sales Professionals. Carson is a 7-time CEO/President’s Club winner across 5 roles at AT&T and Microsoft and National Verizon Rockstar winner. He has been recognized as a top social seller at Microsoft and is consistently ranked in the top 25 sales gurus in the world on Rise Global. He is included among the Top 50 sales authors on LinkedIn. With over 330K social followers, Carson has also been interviewed on over 30 sales and leadership podcasts, by such luminaries as Jeffrey & Jennifer Gitomer, Jeb Blount, Brandon Bornancin, Sam Dunning, Larry Levine, Darrell Amy, Scott Ingram, Thierry van Herwijnen, Jim Brown, Sam Jacobs, Luigi Prestinenzi, Donald Kelly, Marylou Tyler, George Leith, Pat Helmer, Eric Nelson, Ron Tunick, Jeff Arthur, Mary Ann Samedi, Jean Oursler, Andre Harrell, Marlene Chism, Bill Crespo, Matt Tanguay, Josh Wheeler and Chad Bostick. He has also co-hosted the Smart Biz Show on EG Marketing Radio. His articles have appeared in several noteworthy publications such as SalesGravy, Smash! Sales, Salesopedia and the Baylor Sports Department S3 Report. Carson lives in St. Louis, MO, with his wife Amy and daughters Madison, Sidonia and Charlotte.
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