Why is this Important?
Utu is so important because it is relevant to us in our everyday lives. Utu is a value that should be present in our relationships, friendships and the way we treat other and even the environment. It is important to know how we can make sure that Utu is present in our everyday lives.
In every successful relationship, there is a number of factors that influence the relationship. Some of these factors is trust, intimacy, communication, respect and loyalty etc. Utu is also extremely important when it comes to relationships because it is a balance which allows both partners in the relationship to be happy. A relationship without a give and take balance is often unsuccessful because there is no balance in power or one partner has more control than the other over the relationship. If both partners are actively contributing to the relationship by giving their time, love and care, then it is more likely to be a successful relationship as both partners are giving and receiving. Here are some ways that you can make sure that Utu is present in your relationships.
It is important to communicate with partners so that there are no mis-understandings. Communication is important because we can express our feelings and be open about about any issues that may arise. Communication is also a way we can show intimacy because by communicating we are bonding and spending quality time with partners.
- Mutual Help:
It is important that we provide help and support for partners when they need it. When we help others and show support or concern, it shows that we care and are there for them when they need it. In a healthy relationship, your partner will also reciprocate this and both sides in the relationship will be content.
- Giving Space:
Although in a healthy relationship we should be communicating and spending quality time with our partners, space is still an important and crucial part to a healthy relationship. Giving your parter space ensures that you are giving yourself and your partner freedom to do other things that you or they may be involved with. Sometimes it can be hard to not be over-protective and
Friendships and Family
Friendship is such an important aspect in our lives. You may have heard the saying "Friends are the family we choose for ourselves." This is a very true quote. We are given family and it is our job and duty to protect and love them. However friends are the family that we choose to love and nuture. This means that we have the freedom to choose who we surround ourselves with people that we know are going to benefit us by being there for us and that we will be there for them. It is important that we make sure that all our friendships are healthy, and that our friendships are enjoyable for everyone in the friendship. A good friend should be able to listen and talk, fun, loyal and honest. Family are people that have brought us into the world and the people that make us who we are. Family provide a sense of belonging, comfort and safety for us. It is important that we nurture our family because we only have them in our life for a limited time. Below are some ways we can make sure that Utu is present in our friendships (there are so many more ways).
It is important that we are respectful of our friends and family. We should respect any differences that there may be as this is what makes us all individuals and unique. In our families it is important to understand and acknowledge that even though you are family, you can still have differences as we all have different personalities.
It is important for family and friends to remain loyal with each other. Loyalty helps people gain trust and respect for each other and without loyalty, bonding with people would not exist and be very hard as there is no trust present.
- Keeping in Touch
Without keeping in touch or communicating, any bond or relationship would not be successful. All sides of the relationship should make an effort to keep in touch and not just one. If only one person is making an effort to keep in touch, then the relationship will not be balanced.
We are extremely blessed and privileged to be living in a peaceful, diverse and beautiful country. However, it is sometimes easy to forget that we need to take care of the land as it provides so much of our daily needs. Our environment gives us food, a place to live and life. This is why we need to take care of it and make sure that it lasts so that future generations may also get experience our beautiful country. It is important that there is a give and take balance because our environment gives us food, a home and life and therefore we should be giving our environment a chance to flourish. We need to treat our environment with love and care, just like we treat our family, friends and loved ones. Below are some important ways that we can take care of our environment.
- Compost Bins:
Compost bins are bins where we put our food scraps (scraps from fruit and vegetables) that can be used as a fertiliser for dirt and soil. This is important because when we throw our food scraps away in the bin, it often ends up in landfills. Landfills are harmful to our environment because landfills are pretty much a giant pit in the ground, where all our food scraps are buried. Over time, this rubbish just sits here along with other forms of rubbish and waste like plastic which is not biodegradable. This is why it is important to use compost bins as an alternative and a better way to get rid of food scraps that will benefit the environment instead of harming it.
- Avoiding Plastic:
It is important to avoid using plastic because plastic is biodegradable. This means that when you throw away any form of plastic (plastic water bottles, plastic bags, glad wrap etc), it takes years to break down. Plastic is harmful to the environment and animals. Many animals such as turtles die from consuming plastic. We can help reduce the chances of this happening in the future by avoiding purchasing anything that is disposable and plastic. This could mean using a reusable shopping bag, or using a metal water bottle instead of the plastic bottles.
- Reduce use of Paper:
This is important because paper comes from trees. Every year thousands of trees are cut down to produce paper. It is hard to completely stop using paper, as it is part of our daily lives and we have to use it at school or work etc. However we can make sure that we use each piece of paper to its maximum. This means that we use both sides of the paper when printing and writing, and we fill all blank spaces on the paper.