When the world seems to have gone mad

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Firstly, this is not a political post. It is simply my reaction to what I’ve seen the last week. I’m sure I’m not the only who thinks that this past week was a complete roller coaster of emotions. When I look at my Facebook feed, I cannot help but be sad.

I am sad that we seems to have lost all sense of human decency and humility.

I am sad that our fear of the unknown or of what is different is causing people to lash out.

I am sad that there is so much hate, disrespect, lack of compassion and outright meanness.

I am sad that a country and people that have so much to offer and so much beauty have turned so ugly.

Finally, I am sad that people, women, children, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Muslims are all afraid to live in the country they were born in.

And it makes me angry. Setting aside who won and who lost, this does not give us license to act out without fear of reprisal and without consequence. A lot of people are scared. A lot of people are pissed off. A lot of people feel validated. But wherever you sit on the fence, it doesn’t give you the right to not be a kind and decent human being.

I am reading story after story of people being assaulted and it boggles my mind. What is the point? Are we so fearful of each other and of the things we do not understand that we lash out like children? It’s like someone opened up a can of “What the $@%# is going on!” But there are things I am doing to make it through this new unknown world…

  1. KNOW WHAT I STAND FOR – These last few days have reinforced my resolve about the things that I believe in and what I will and will not accept.
  2. AGREE TO DISAGREE – It’s not because we do not agree on something that we have to resort to verbal or physical violence. How boring the world would be if we all thought the same way. It’s good to have dissenting points of view. It makes for an interesting conversation and it lights up our world and offers us a chance to see things from a different perspective. It doesn’t mean I have to agree. I just need to accept that someone has a different view point and THAT’S OK!
  3. BE KIND – Now is when I need to be my best self. How do I want to show up in the world? Even though my heart is breaking when I see what is going on, I need to redouble my kindness for others because we’re all suffering somehow. It could be for a number of reasons: a lack of compassion for others, fear for our future, the need to be divisive instead of inclusive, fear of the unknown. It doesn’t matter. Now is the time to put love and kindness forward for only light shall overcome darkness.
  4. SURROUND MYSELF WITH POSITIVITY – For every negative thing I see/hear, I’m doubling down on my positive. Did you know it takes 5 positive things/statements/actions to counteract every 1 negative thing we hear! That’s a lot of positive!
  5. FOCUS ON WHAT I CAN CONTROL – And that is ME. I can only control myself, my reactions, my interactions and my feelings. I am turning inwards more and find I have to center myself more frequently and remind myself of who I am, so I don’t get caught into a whirlwind of negativity.

I hope that we’re able to get past this without too much damage and too many scars. Sending you all love and light.

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