Have you ever been told you’re naive? Gullible? Too nice? Too forgiving? Too sensitive? You just wouldn’t get hurt so much if only you toughened up and became as cynical as the rest of the world right? Wouldn’t life be better if you were just always on the guard and never really let people in? Oh and don’t even think of actually getting to know someone for yourself .. you should always listen to what everyone else has to say and judge others accordingly.
If my sarcasm isn’t completely obvious.. then let me be clearer. Being a nice person isn’t a weakness. Being kind to others and trying to put yourself in their shoes isn’t ‘uncool’. Treating others as you wish to be treated doesn’t have to be an aging tradition that has no place in our society today… but yet, it kind of is becoming that way. Very sadly so. If people put more effort into biting their tongue or thinking before speaking as they do with cutting others down or maybe even replacing such hate with love… there would be a lot less tears. A lot more people that didn’t feel so alone. And a lot more people that didn’t feel ending their lives was better than living their lives.
Words can be powerfully healing… And powerfully destructive. The internet has paved a way for people to expose their darker selves and hurt or lash out in anonymity. And then there are the ones full of pride who revel in the fact that they don’t need to hide to speak their minds. Because their truth is their right to speak, and it doesn’t matter the cost or who it hurts. They overshadow those that aren’t brave and feel they have no voice. They overshadow those that only wish to keep peace and speak with understanding and empathy. Humor is a two-faced mask used to twist the blade and then turn and ridicule you for being too easily offended. Sometimes it makes me want to scream, sometimes it makes me want to throw my hands up and walk away. How did we become like this?
Have I been hurt? Yes. And I will continue to take that risk because in the end… I am happier to be a Sweet Summer Child full of all the hope that there is still some good left out there. I will cling to that notion, because the alternative is far more saddening to me. I’ve seen what years of pride and cynicism can do to a heart. I choose love.
This week with Maya Angelou’s passing I couldn’t help but share some of her wisdom. I am grateful that it has survived so long and really pray it would continue to do so. Our lives would all be much richer for having soaked up some of it and practiced it.
“We cannot change the past,
but we can change our attitude toward it.
Uproot guilt and plant forgiveness.
Tear out arrogance and seed humility.
Exchange love for hate — thereby,
making the present comfortable and the future promising.”
In the flush of love’s light we dare be brave…
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.
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