A Kind Challenge for 2018…

I have always heard so many sayings about positivity and happiness. Sayings like, “You become what you think,” “Speak life,” and one of the most famous ones, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.”

In fact, a popular resolution for many people is to be more positive, and or to have a better attitude about life. Whichever variation of this is your resolution, I think we can all agree that kindness is something we are searching desperately for. We pin quotes about it on our Pinterest and share stories about it on our social media. My own daily reminder comes from Saint Mother Theresa:

“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindnesskindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.” 

We must be kind in what we say and what we do. And what I find more confusing is that we seem to all know this, in some sense, yet I have seen so much bitterness and anger in the world. I’m sure we can all think of something about the world that we wish was different…probably more than one thing if we are honest.

I admit that I can see why it’s easy to be angry about this world.

But as Maya Angelou once said, “Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in this world, but it has not yet solved one.” 

We know for sure that that one is true.

So, why do we hate? I always see people relentlessly bashing celebrities on social media, even when it has absolutely nothing to do with the photo that was posted. I understand that we aren’t always going to agree with how someone decides to live their life and there is nothing wrong with disagreeing, even having a strong distaste for it. What I don’t understand is why it seems that people fuel off of being angry over things that truly have nothing to do with their lives. It’s almost as if there’s an enjoyment that comes from being so unbelievably nasty to someone else just for the sake of it.

Whenever a story of entertainment news comes out regarding a reality show, I’ve seen full on debates during any times that I have dared to peek at the comments section. I’ve seen someone write a comment about how they don’t like “XYZ” about so and so, and then someone else who comments, “WHO CARES?”… yup, in caps, just like that. I understand that social media is a platform for discussion, but the comments seem so vicious. It’s something I will never understand.

I know that change will not magically occur overnight, nor do I know the cure that will lead to world peace, but I do think that if we figured how to to show kindness to everyone, and respect, even to those who we do not agree with, and learn the right way to offer guidance, that this world might be just a little bit better.

Don’t you?






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