Have you seen the news lately?
How many articles have you read and you felt: while this earth is a big mess. What is going? Things seem to get worse.
I have felt lately that even though I need to be informed by what is going on around me, watching news and sometimes being on social media just instigate fear, worry in my heart. Also it seems like there is more hate and anger out there than love and empathy.
This is why it is important for me to write this post.
No, I am not going to advocate any political positions or spread my opinions. I just want to go back to a simple basic step on how to react towards all of what is happening.
As much negativity is out there, we can push out positivity.
I know this may sound cliché, especially coming from my Christian mind, but I think it is one of our solutions available out there. I starts with empathy.
Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
Firstly, let’s remember that life in general is hard and we all go through difficult times and we all struggles. All are lives are imperfect, going up and down, mixing beauty and pain. Secondly, we could all or have at some times being mocked, bullied, vilified, discriminated against, attacked because of how we look, what we wear, our lifestyles, our belief, our ethnicity, or else. Empathy is just putting oneself in someone else’s shoes. Sharing their life in a sense.
You can never know about a person’s life just from meeting them once. We should probably listen to others as much as we are talking to them or about them. In a world where everybody wants to voice their opinions, it is so easy disregard another’s feelings because we see our feelings more. As they sharing their stories, we can give a piece of heart rather than a piece of our mind.
The simple things
You probably heard it or done it before:
We can all do little things from keeping company to the people who are alone, befriending older people in a nursing home, to volunteering at a shelter, donating to charities. But we can also do the little things like being polite, smiling, complimenting and encouraging people instead of criticising them.
I know it sounds pretty basic, and we all heard it before but it looks like a foreign thing these days. I remember hearing last week a person telling me that just because she was kind with a person, people assuming she was flirting with them. Why is being kind now associated with suspicious motives or hidden agenda. Let’s flip this script and just treat others the way we want to be treated.
The world can easily makes us harder, let’s not give into the negativity
Let’s just be kind…the worlds needs it.