I swear, I can't even turn on the TV anymore without thinking the world is going to end. There is more doom and gloom with the turn of every channel, and somehow I always get sucked in.
I'm not sure why I felt so compelled to write this, but the state of our world has really got me worried. Which is exactly what the bad guys want.
I've always believed that we are all products of our own upbringings and individual experiences, so of course we will have different ideologies and political views. It's a given. But the very things that are supposed to bind us together as a country - democracy, religious freedom, inalienable rights, are the very things that are tearing us apart.
It is bad enough having to see innocent people slaughtered all over the world in our nightly news, but what is even worse is when you see people who consider each other friends fighting about it on social media the next day. Along with that, Presidential candidates on all sides are pandering for votes so hard that they have all become SNL parodies of themselves. It's gross. Now, all of this extreme divide is causing riffs between friendships and families. Once again, which is exactly what the bad guys want.
If there is one thing I've learned through My OWN and my close friends experiences this year, it's that even though people may be smiling on the outside, they are fighting a battle you have no clue about on the inside. So when in doubt, always choose kindness.
Although we may not be able to change the outcome of these terrible attacks around our world, we can change the way in which we react to them. We can choose to be understanding rather than be divisive, we can choose not to comment and stir the pot, we can choose to still be friends regardless of our differences.
especially during this holiday season, we can turn off the TV's, put down our phones, and pull out a board game. we can stop focusing on the mess and create some memories instead. lastly, and most importantly, we can always, always choose kindness.
It's the one tried and true killer of bad guys.