I didn’t have the words yesterday. I still don’t.
We live in a world that makes it hard to get up in the morning. In one week, we were flooded with news of Brock Turner’s despicable crime AND the horrible act of hatred in Orlando. I’ve cringed at the victim’s letter to Brock Turner. I’ve sobbed over the texts that Eddie Justice sent to his mom in his final moments. It’s not fair. It’s not, and it’s hard to stay positive in a world like this. A world where, quite frankly, sometimes I’m afraid to walk out my front door.
In the midst of all this hatred, anger, arguing, internet trolling, and plain old nastiness, I encourage you to be kind. It’s not hard to be a human being. Call me old-fashioned, but I like the “Golden Rule.”
Treat others the way you would like to be treated.
Simple as that.
My favorite quote in the whole world comes from “ER.” Do y’all remember that show? Dr. Green is saying goodbye to his daughter Rachel in Hawaii and his final advice to her is this, “Be generous. Be generous with your time, with your love, with your life.”
That’s how I try to live. Today, I encourage you to do something kind. It doesn’t have to be big. Pay for the person’s coffee behind you in line at Starbucks. Offer to help a co-worker on that project that is stressing them out. Slip a note of encouragement into someone’s mailbox in your neighborhood. Call your mom and tell her you love her. Spread some love any way you can.
You won’t change the world, but you might change someone’s world.
To the victims and their families – I’m sorry we haven’t done better…*Comments turned off. Go spread some love!