Thursday, October 24, 2013

what the world needs now...

I don’t understand.

I don’t understand why people feel the need to do or say something that they know is going to intentionally hurt someone else.

The look that you give someone that is going to make them question what they wore.

The picture on Facebook because you know it’s going to hurt someone who sees it.

Completing an assignment with an air of arrogance about it, as if you couldn’t possibly have anything to learn from your teacher.

Making a situation appear to be something other than what it really is to play mind games with someone.

Calling someone’s opinion stupid because it’s not yours.

Using a disagreement with someone as excuse to form a void in your relationship.

Instead of leaving it alone.
Instead of not posting it.
Instead of thinking outside the box.
Instead of showing kindness.
Instead of opening your mind to new ideas.
Instead of working through it.

Dear world,

Life is too short, too fragile. People are too important. The saying sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me is crap. Words do hurt. And they stick with you a long time.
Memories last a lifetime. Can we fill these lives with good ones? Can we stop hurting each other and start helping each other? Can we stop giving each other nasty looks? And stop being passive aggressive on Facebook? And start being respectful of those in authority over us? And be honest with each other about what happens? And build each other up, even if that does mean someone else looks better than you? And stop letting our disagreements get in the way of our friendships and relationships?

Can we just be patient? Kind? Encouraging? Respectful? Forgiving? Truthful? Trusting? Hopeful? Persistant?

That's love. All of those are ways to show love to the people in your life. We all have our faults and our struggles and our hardships. I most certainly am not any better than anyone reading this. But let’s stop hurting each other, and start encouraging each other.
Live. Laugh. Love.

1 comment:

  1. It is so much easier to "not care." So much easier to stay in our self-centered little worlds and not think of the effect our words and actions have on those around us. Especially in the digital age where we might not see directly how our posts, tweets, photo shares are making someone else feel insecure, rejected or ashamed. It is easy to say, "well, I have my own problems to deal with" and not help others. What a great reminder to live so that our faith shows to the random stranger we meet. All of our actions (in the physical world and digital world) should represent our faith & hope that we have. Thanks for continuing to write!
    P.S. Love the new blog header (maybe its not that new, I just haven't had much time to pop over here lately. Regardless, it looks great!)