Sunday, October 4, 2015

Today...Choose Kindness!

I wanted to share something with you all.  I stopped watching the news years ago because it was too sad.  Story after story was heartbreak and despair.  I decided I didn't need to know of all the sad things happening in the world, and that I could be happier in my naive little bubble.  It's not that I don't have compassion for the struggles of others, I have too much!  I feel deeply.  Floods, tornadoes, wars, third world countries starving and having no fresh water, earth quakes, tsunamis, school shootings, theater shootings, children dying of disease and cancers. There is so much sadness in this world when I see it, I think about it, I pray about it, I cry about it, and I obsess about it!  So I turned off the news.  Every morning and throughout the day I am on various social media channels trying to engage with my following and I have learned I cannot hide from the sadness, because everyone EVERYONE is going through something!

I started blogging a little over a year ago, mostly because I enjoy writing.  I have kept a journal since I was eight years old.  I attended a birthday party of some of my friends in elementary school and I won the "pin the tail on the donkey" game.  My prize was this pink puffy diary with hearts all over it and a magnetic closure.  My first entry into my diary was that night at the sleepover birthday party talking about how I won the diary.  Over the years I have used that diary to write down my thoughts, mostly to get them out of my own head.  I keep my diary hidden...really hidden.  If someone were to read it they would probably be very concerned, mostly because that diary is like the news it's full of sadness!  I am not a sad person, most people say their favorite thing about me is my smile.  I love to laugh and have fun, because the only way to fix being sad is to be happy!

I have been through a lot in my lifetime.  I have seen a lot, done a lot, and survived a lot.  I often disregard what I have been through because as they say someone has always got it worse!  This is so true!  Everyday I log on to Facebook I see people close to me losing family members to suicide, children missing from their homes, cancer taking the lives of children.  I see people asking for help to lift their families up in prayer.  We as a world need to be more kind!

Life is hard, really hard!  Everyone is going through something and to each one of these people it's a BIG something to them!  We don't need to watch the news to see the sadness because most likely it's right next to you hiding behind the smile of your neighbor.  Be kind!  Give someone a compliment today.  For God's sake let that car in, in the school pickup line.  Hold the door for someone.  It all goes back to that lesson in life we have all heard, treat others as you would like to be treated.  People are always trying to prove something, prove that there is still kindness in the world!

Have a beautiful day, and please be kind!