Instead of lashing out after a photo taken without her knowledge was posted online to be ridiculed by man, Balpreet Kaur instead takes the opportunity to educate others about her religion while spreading a message of tolerance and kindness. Standing in line at the Ohio State University library, this photo was snapped of her by a fellow student who was perplexed by seeing a woman with facial hair and decided to post the quandary online where many others made disparaging remarks about Kaur’s appearance.
News got around to Balpreet and she took the the boards to enlighten questioning minds. She said, “”Yes, I’m a baptized Sikh woman with facial hair,” she wrote. “Yes, I realize that my gender is often confused and I look different than most women. However, baptized Sikhs believe in the sacredness of this body – it is a gift that has been given to us by the Divine Being.”
This is an empowering message for many women and men alike who focus so much on the exterior being and appearance of others. She followed up by stating, “”My attitude and thoughts and actions have more value in them than my body because I recognized that this body is just going to become ash in the end, so why fuss about it?”
Members of her religion do not believe in altering their bodies and instead strive to accept them for the gifts that they are. Since posting the picture online, the young man who did so has apologized for being hurtful and said he appreciates her being open about her faith and her story.
Ok, how come I never heard of this until now when the Olympics are long over?! I remember feeling a little bit frustrated while the Olympics were airing over the lack of coverage for other nations and their sports, and this just proves why! There was plenty of coverage on American teams, which is great of course, I’m a proud American, but I never heard the name of Ye Shiwen until today when I was doing a little research. We saw plenty of American swimmers Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte, but did you know this 16 year old girl completed the 50m race in LESS time than Lochte?
There have undoubtedly been skeptics as a result of her unexpected and astounding speed, especially for her young age and having beat the men’s team swimming record. Despite the skepticism, Ye Shiwen declares, “I think it is because I have had very good training recently, which is why I got this result,’ she said. ‘I am so excited, this is like something out of a dream. Before the final I didn’t sleep so well, but it didn’t effect my performance, I have trained hard.”
Amarillo, Texas is not unlike thousands of other cities nationwide, where hundreds of kids find themselves in need of loving Foster parents. Every year there are so many kids in need of Foster care to help them grown and thrive in safe environments and create a loving home for them.
Kandy Carnes always knew she cared about children and she considered being a Foster Mom someday, when it was convenient and her life was in order in such a way to welcome Foster kids into her home. She and her husband had often considered being Foster parents, but the timing never felt right. Then she made a bold decision to follow her Biblical belief that encourages others to tend to widows and children.
Inconvenience aside, she has welcomed two Foster girls, sisters, into her home despite not having been around young children since her own teenage kids were little. She is very involved in encouraging her community to recognize that there are countless children waiting for people like her to find it convenient enough to change their young lives for the better.
People like her help me remember that my life isn’t just about me having a grand ol’ time going fun places, having cute outfits, and buying nice things. It’s about helping other people, and I want to be better about acting now instead of always putting it off for another day. I appreciate Kandy’s story for reminding me of that.
Do you know someone like her in your own life? Tell me about her in the comments below or submit a story to firstname.lastname@example.org
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I love these kind of stories!
Though she was a High School graduate, Kelly had an uphill climb as a seventeen year old single mother of a baby boy with no job or home to call her own. “…I was temporarily sleeping in a teen parent foster home and then in my own empty apartment, sleeping on the floor, using my son’s blankets as a pillow.” (osu.edu)
Things have certainly changed for her for the better, but not because of pure luck. She’s worked hard and put herself through college and pre-med courses at Portland State University and recently had the pleasure of crossing the stage as a proud graduate with a doctorate of medicine from Oregon Health & Science University.
That’s quite an admirable accomplishment as it is, especially when starting out with so much responsibility and challenges at a young age.