It started with a tweet, and a status update, a message, an email, words…. it doesn’t matter how, just that it happened. One person, then two, then more, spewing hatred on an unsuspecting soul and the world changed once again. This evening I got to witness this again and my anger towards this trend boiled over. I couldn’t do anything about it at the time, but it’s something that I just can’t let go right now. The words themselves don’t matter, it’s the underlying message sent time and again, and that hurts.
Have we become one big reality show airing our dirty laundry for the world to see? Is it really time to just give up and let one person cause pain and disruption in another life? When did this trend become an acceptable part of human behavior? Why is it okay to say whatever you want, without regard for another person’s feelings? Have we really become that insensitive to our friends? …our families? …our neighbors? …the people we meet along the way? I could go on with these questions, but part of me wonders what would be the point of it all.
I may have said once or twice that I am sensitive, shy, introverted. Because of these traits, survival is often foremost on my things to do list. Knowing this, I have a propensity to hide and ignore adversity and negativity like the plague. Today is different, I can’t hide, and I need to speak my peace.
We are surrounded by falseness, destruction, hatred, and war… every day of our lives. Television, the press, technology, social media and our fellow humans fire assaults at our psyches, dimming our inner lights. They tell us what we seemingly need to know, over and over, whether we want to hear them or not. And yet, we can overcome the dunning noise and survive, even grow if we allow ourselves to. Reality is impossible to avoid. It guarantees that we will experience heartache and hardship in one form or another. How we adapt to this adversity is the key to our existence. Struggling with these issues has given me the opportunity to experience what it is like to be truly alive. Many times it’s been difficult to imagine living again, when my world has been turned upside down. However, the struggle to survive grounded me in some ways and allowed me to learn to be grateful for the little things. We all live through heartache, we may not want to at the time; however, we can learn from adversity and are often saved by random acts of kindness and love.
I think Robin Williams said it best. “Reality: What a concept…” Reality can weigh us down or lift us up; it just depends on how we perceive it. The words and expectations of others can dim our lights or let them shine. I ask you to let yours shine. Be compassionate, be kind, and believe these words… “Love one another.” What you think and believe in your heart is who you truly are, not what other people tell you. Love is an organic part of human nature, so perhaps it’s time we nurture it and share it with the world. I don’t believe for a minute that inhumanity is the way to make this world prosper, do you?
I seem to be rambling right now. The pain caused to another person by someone else seems to have taken over. Yet, I am hopeful that we can all see beyond hatred and share our lives as we were meant to. Reality will always be around to keep us on our toes; you just need to remember to allow your light to shine through. Change your thoughts, be positive, be grateful… change the world. We all have the power to help one another, to love, to be happy. Share this with others, it’s necessary.
I leave you now with some of the music I was listening to while writing this blog. Yes, my blathering really does start with a song… 🙂
The first is by Paolo Nutini from his new album, “Caustic Love” titled “Iron Sky”. The second song is “Noises” from the debut album “Take A Stand” by Robb Murphy. The third is “Just Say Yes” from the 2009 “Up To Now” by Snow Patrol. All three songs helped me to find my voice while writing this blog. Give them a listen, share the music and perhaps you’ll find your voice too.
If you have the time, I’d love to hear your story. Just leave a comment, let your voice be heard.
It started with a song…
.. and ended with a smile!
If this blog post inspired you… a cup of coffee would be lovely!
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