People respond in accordance to how you relate to them. If you approach them on the basis of violence, that’s how they’ll react. But if you say, ‘We want peace, we want stability,’ we can then do a lot of things that will contribute towards the progress of our society. Nelson Mandela
My social media feeds are full of pain, hatred, and ugliness. The news is negative, and I hear people around me talking about taking things into their own hands. I don’t believe in ugly, I refuse to participate in it all.
I choose to try to focus on the positives and share the beauty of each day with those I interact with. But it’s hard. Harder than it was ten years ago. Is this because it’s so “out there” on social media, or because we are just more aware? I believe we are so enthralled with the negatives and becoming so tied to the hatred that it is difficult to see the good.
I dream of a world that allows my grandchildren to grow up safe, loving each other and enjoying their life. I want them to be able to play outside with their friends, interact and be full of childish smiles. But in all honesty I worry they are in for some huge challenges just to get through life and that’s so unfair.
Walking down my street, I smile at everyone….it definitely gets some strange looks! And, I’m sure a few of these random strangers believe I probably have a screw loose, but be darned if most of them don’t smile back! 😀
I take full responsibility for my actions and that includes my words. I say or do things all the time and I completely own them and their consequences. I proudly embrace the lessons of life and take pointers from other more successful individuals.
I hear others spouting hatred, people randomly murdering or hurting others, peaceful rallies being driven through, abuse of power, poor going without necessities and so much more. It literally brings tears to my eyes, what are we coming to? What have we done and is there any way possible to reverse things back to a tolerable level? Is it up to us to speak up, even though it could be dangerous? Or is it up to the elected politicians in these countries to get things moving more harmoniously.
Violence begets pain, suffering and terror. There is no good to be found in any of these things. I choose not to participate. The crazy things going on around the world are frightening and down right terrifying all at the same time. It makes me wonder about basic safety in these areas, and that should not have to be a concern.
Is world war three around the corner? Some would say yes, but I surely hope not. I don’t want to lose my boys to the danger of war. They belong at home with their families, living life one day at a time not in the trenches of a war.