Is killing people a trend now?
I hope you will forgive me for the tangent I’m about to unleash but if I don’t get some things off my chest, I will literally combust in my own emotions. I can’t remember a day recently that some horrific story hasn’t been on the news about purposeful pain and destruction inflicted on one human from another human – or group of humans. From extreme bullying to the point where children kill themselves, to child rape victims being left in the snow to die or not, to teachers dying at the hands of students.
Excuse me please but, what the hell is going on with humanity?
Why does it seem that these sorts of evil acts are becoming trends?
With the political arena in our country in combative turmoil and what seems like incessant acts of cruelty on our fellow humans, it feels as if our very structure of base humanity is broken.
Why is this happening? And more importantly, how can we fix this?
Teachers should not go to work and be at risk of being murdered. They’re our everyday heroes! Why does it seem that more and more often, children (and adults) are brought to a mental state to inflict pain and destroy life? When did that become commonplace? I’m aware that there has always been crazy people being evil. It just seems that it’s gotten completely out of control in frequency.
We can debate gun laws, rampant mental heath issues and the graphic nature of video games until we are blue in the face. That’s already being done. You know what is not being done? Finding a solution!
Why does it seem that everyone is so angry and mean?
Ok, clearly I’m beside myself. After hearing this morning about the 24 year old teacher killed by one of her students, I just broke. I’m heartsick. I’m overwhelmed. That poor woman had barely started to live her life. She had a Bucket List to include Christmas in New York and to marry the love of her life. My God, it’s just too much awfulness and somehow, there’s got to be a way to stop all this madness.
I don’t have the solution. It feels hopeless. But I have to try. So while I don’t know how to ‘fix’ this epidemic of Lost, Broken and Desperate, I have a list of some things that we should all try to do daily. Perhaps these will start ‘trending’ and we can hope the tides of humanity will change to nurture goodness and kindness more often than evil.
*If we make eye contact with another human being, we smile. If they seem sad or angry, smile harder.
*Our first reaction to any given situation is ‘how can I help’?
*We assume the best before we assume the worst.
*We purposefully fill our hearts with hope so there is no room for despair.
*We allow ourselves to love each other, even the crabby people because they need our love the most.
*Every single day, we make someone else feel good about themselves.
*Every single day, we make ourselves feel good about ourselves.
*We never make anyone feel insignificant.
*We take joy in other peoples’ happiness.
*We boost our own morale by boosting someone else’s
*We are not afraid to say we are sorry.
*We are never too busy to be grateful.
*We try to spread positive energy so that it will become an epidemic.
*We are simply KIND and THOUGHTFUL first, before anything else.
*And that we forgive, because we are all human together.
I believe if we all did even a fraction of these things daily and encouraged others to do so as well, it would help our world. It certainly can’t hurt!
Thank you for letting me share some of the burden on my heart today. I truly wish that something unexpected makes you smile today and that you turn right around and share your smile with someone else.