There is so much hate in our world today; people dying because of the color of their skin, people judging and hating law enforcement because of a few bad apples, people shaming women for loving their children and kissing them on the mouth. It has gotten to the point that every single day is like a roller coaster. I had a conversation with a colleague of mine the other day and we wondered, has the world changed this much, or are things just more prevalent because of technology and media. One thing we could not seem to understand was why, in a world that is filled with good doings and love does the media only publish the bad? Doesn't this just condone and promote more bad behavior? Why in our culture are we so apt to give publicity and notoriety to the people doing horrific things instead of the ones doing good? Why do we hear more about Draymond Green being arrested for assault then we do about the beautiful man named Juan Mann? Let me guess, you have no idea who he is, right? He is a beautiful soul that has made his life's mission to reach out and hug a stranger to brighten up their lives (www.freehugscampaign.org). Why is it that as humans we read and care more about anger and hate than we do love? Can you imagine what a wonderful world this would be if people were just as passionate about spreading love as they are about spreading violence and hate?
With all of that being said, how do I raise my beautiful daughter to be a free spirited and loving soul? How do a teach her to seek out love and light in a world full of hate and despair? I know it all starts at home, and I will do what I can to instill the values in her that her father and I believe, but the question still remains, how do I protect her from this horrible, hate filled, world? How do I shield her from all of the horrible violence that the news makes so prevalent on the television every single day? How do I make her see the good in everything around her when sometimes it is hard to find the good? How do I teach her to follow her heart and her soul when every single day people are taking to social media to shame one another if someone does not believe what they do?
I saw a picture today and it made me smile and I must say I could not agree more. Maybe this is the solution. We need to turn off the news, turn off our phones, and just love one another. Spend time getting to know people and really talking to them. What are their likes and dislikes and what makes them feel happy and sad. Instead of judging them because they don't have the same beliefs as you, take the time to understand WHY they believe what they believe. It is then and only then that we will have compassion for one another and understand one another. In a world full of hate and violence, let's try to be the sunshine and light. Make it a point to make a difference every single day. Whether it be to hug someone like Mr. Mann, open the door for someone and tell them to have a blessed day, pay for the person behind you in the Starbucks drive through line, or whatever makes your heart sing. Let's make a vow to do something to spread love every single day. Let's give the media something to really talk about.
Steph and Haddie