Sunday, June 12, 2016

Be the Change . . .



I woke up this morning to a notification on my Facebook feed I have never seen - and should never see again. I was able to see who was 'marked safe' in Orlando. My heart dropped to my stomach as I did a google search for 'Orlando shooting' and there it was. The devastating news of yet another tragedy. I am done. D-O-N-E done. As one of my good friends said earlier today, we can't say 'this is becoming the norm' because guess what - this IS the norm.


As in the past after a tragedy, my social media feeds are filled with varying outcries. I see pleads of 'gun control' and 'pray for the victims' and 'the politicians have to do something'. You can pray, you can plead, and you can control - but none of this will lead to a real change. As a Christian I do believe in the power of prayer - but you can't sit on the sidelines and do nothing else

Think of some of the simple stories of humanity that have gone viral recently. An older gentleman helping a young boy with a tie as he gets ready for his first job interview. Countless stories of every day folks paying for a veterans meal, because saying 'thank-you' is truly not enough. A professor holding a student's crying baby so she could stay in class. Why do these things go viral? We see these acts of kindness every day, right? NO! No we do not. So is the opportunity not out there? Do we simply not see the need to be kind? Doubtful. Do we think for a moment we should help, but then realize we are late or have too much to do to stop? Probably. I am just as guilty of this as anyone else.

We have lost 'the village' mentality. It is now every man for themselves. We have lost human connection. In doing so, we have devalued the lives of others in order to value ourselves more. We don't understand each other and cannot accept differences. Now, of course, I am not saying every one of us is running around with hate-filled hearts. But you know what - some people are. Some people have felt so shunned by others that their hate leads to the unthinkable. What if someone would have reached out to these individuals many years ago. What if they were shown more kindness and more love? Maybe it would have prevented tragedy - or maybe not. But at the very least, I would much rather live in a world of love than a world of hate. Small acts can have big impacts, and we have to start somewhere.

Be kind to one another, dreamers - and go in love.



19 comments:

  1. This post is very timely given the recent tragedies. I agree that the best thing we all can do is continue to spread love through all of our interactions.

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  2. Seriously - lets just love one another. Be kind. If you dont agree with something, then move on. Its not for anyone to judge another and especially be so cruel and destructive. Terrible and heartbreaking.
    Karen | GlamKaren.com

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  3. We really need to stop and realize that we are all human and as humans we need to offer more love to each other. Our world is getting scarier and scarier despite our work to end hate.

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  4. I witness acts of kindness all the time. For example, today the major road to my home was closed unexpectedly. Thousands of cars trying to make the one exit that was open. Many, if not nearly ALL of the drivers, let someone in in front of them. As it should be. Those posts go viral because most people love to see human kindness displayed.

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  5. What happened in Orlando was a devastating tragedy and it saddens me to think that something like that can happen today. I think that you are right that we need to make time for each other more and stop acting like other people are not worthy of our time and help too. If we all looked out for each other and loved and accepted one another than maybe things like this would not happen...

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  6. I hear your frustration and I agree. Orlando was devastating, but nothing will come of it. Nothing ever will until the people in charge are directly affected by it. Even then, the chances are slim. It's beyond frustrating.

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  7. It is such a sad, sad thing to see happen over and over again. I have a lot of hope for mankind even with all of this.

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  8. Tolerance seem to not take on the same meaning as it did years ago. We're all living in a world where there is so much hate. My heart goes out to the family of those injured and dead and I hope they can find some relief from their pain.

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  9. Such words and actions lately break my heart. It's nice that you wrote about it as it probably made you feel better. I just can't believe things like this is going on and it seems to not get better...what are we going to do???

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  10. My heart aches for Orlando! I loved I central Florida for more years than I can remember before moving to NY a few years ago and ughh... To see my fiends going through all this sadness breaks me. Unfortunately in this day in age I fear nothing will change. Just too much hate out there

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  11. If everyone would just stop and help each other the world would be so much better. I can't believe I live in such a time of so much hatred.

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  12. I can't stomach what happened the other day in Orlando. People were in their own element and minding their own business when havoc broke out. Hatred is so real in this country.

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  13. Be the change... I couldn't think of more fitting words after the Orlando tragedy. I saw the pictures of the victims and there names and could not fathom how this man, this psycho could take the lives of innocent people all because of their sexuality. Its a horror :(

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  14. On that morning I was walking my dog and heard about the news from another dog walker. We stood in silence and just not knowing what to say... tragic events, but you are right. Small acts of kindness daily, paying it forward and realizing it's about being in this together. Because we are!

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  15. There are still so many good people in this world. And unfortunately there are always going to be bad people. We all just need to love each other!

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  16. Being kind and compassionate to one another seems so basic. And yet so many choose not to.

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  17. I have been distraught over the recent tragedy in Orlando. It hits close to home because my bestfriend frequents that club and I thought he was there that night. Great post!

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  18. I agree with you that we have lost the village mentality. It makes us feel disconnected from each other and unaccountable for some.

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  19. I can feel your heart through this post. It's clear that we can all do more by spreading love, instead of hate through our human interactions. But, it takes whole people to do that. It takes a whole person to get over self-centredness and reach out to a hurting colleague or neighbor. I often pray to have the heart of Christ. He reached out to everybody. No one was beyond Him. He hanged out with them. He loved them and met their needs.

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