So here I am thinking about too many things lately and there are some things that make me sad right now. I am taking a break from the writing piece with this post because I feel as though I need to address an important topic. That is hate.
I feel like this is what we are seeing every day right now. It began with the election but the truth is this goes so much deeper than a 2016 election. We have spent hundreds of years trying to fight against hate. That though I believe is the problem, we create fights and not peace yet we want a peaceful society. It feels like a contradiction. Martin Luther King Jr didn't promote peace with violence, nor did Mohandas Gandhi or the Dalai Lama along with countless other peaceful influential leaders.
I understand we are human and we are not perfect. We are not meant to think the same, to act the same, to want the same things. I feel like as humans it is our civic duty to be kind to one another. When cut by a knife, we all bleed the same color. When a bone is broken it needs to mend. We live in a world where we have the fortune of being able to express ourselves but I don't understand why people think that means we should express hate.
Often, when people hate something as they do it is because they fear it. Yes, change is scary and life is hard there is no doubt about that. There is so much beauty, though. We feel the beauty through the sunshine and the wind. We see the beauty in a sunset or a blossoming flower. We know the beauty through compassion and kindness. It is true that bad things do sadly happen to good people. Call me silly, but I do believe without suffering there could be no compassion.
Obstacles are put in our way so we can learn how to overcome them. Even myself, I don't always understand the cruelty and it quite literally hurts my heart to see the hate that is happening more and more each day. I want to help people see the beauty in themselves, others, and the world around them because there is more than some people can realize.
Hate to me is a cowardice emotion. When we come from a place of love and acceptance, extraordinary things can happen. I have seen it and I have felt it. I don't write to be preachy. I write in the hopes that we can learn to come together because we all think, we all feel, and everyone wants to be loved and accepted regardless if they say they don't.
Hate is a trap. I am asking people to be brave and have the courage to lead with love. If you find me silly, I can accept that, because I believe that if this post touches one person, then I have made an impact, and I am grateful.