Election day has come and gone. The decision has been made and many Americans are angry. In my humble, personal opinion, I felt either candidate winning would not be a victory. However, I am hopeful the next president will bring positive changes. That is all I can do is hope.
The past month has brought it’s own stressful events my way, and the election was just the cherry on top of a gross sundae. In the midst of recent loss, financial woes, being surrounded by raging wildfires and now the election, I am in need of some positivity.
God forbid I turn on the television, listen to co workers, or read anything on social media. The hate and bitterness is spreading faster than the wildfires in my town. Our country has been in bad shape for awhile. I don’t know how to fix it, but I’m pretty sure tearing each other apart isn’t the answer.If we can’t stand together, unite for this country then we are each responsible for slowly unraveling the seams of our flag. The flag that symbolizes what so many have fought for to make this the greatest nation.
I decided to leave FB for a time to avoid hate and callousness being thrown around. But I find it’s everywhere now- Instagram, the blogosphere, the radio, co workers- I can’t escape it
The fires here are intense and many. Our mountains are parched, in great need of rain.The newly fallen leaves following a beautiful Autumn unfortunately created more fuel for the fire. With just a small spark, leaves and debris ignited, which led to a small section of trees catching fire, add in some provoking wind and before we new it we had a wild fire. In the right environment, fire spreads quickly and has no concern for who or what is in it’s path. The fires are so large, they are joining each other, burning away our forest and reaching our towns at an alarming rate.
We currently reside in smoke, anywhere we go, we breath it. It’s in our lungs, causing respiratory aliments and headaches. Our courageous firefighters and forestry service from all over the country are working tirelessly, but when something is this large and this intense, it makes their job difficult and hard to be successful.
I can’t help but analogize our wildfires spreading rapidly to the spreading of hate in our country. Callous, bitter words can only breed hate. Someone can easily write a few words of disgust, and cause irritation in the reader and that reader then feels cause to speak words of anger which then ignites the hate. Hate found its fuel in people and is happy to continue the chain reaction. And before we know it, that is all we are living and breathing around us.
My little heart can’t take it. I’m tired of inhaling smoke just as much as I’m tired of breathing the hate. So I turned to three of my best coping mechanisms:
1) Embracing my introvert and extricating myself from media and people who can only think in negatives 2) Loving the written word. Writing it, journaling it and reading books. 3) Christmas! Give me the joyful traditional music and sappy predictable Hallmark movies. If it’s wrong- I don’t want to be right!
So the point of this blog: Let’s be kind to one another. Hate and bitterness is catching, but so is kindness and positivity. Words hold power ( as I stated here in my previous blog), chose them wisely. Speak and respect others, as you would like to be spoken to and respected. Neither side is right and neither side is wrong, we must meet somewhere in the middle.
You may think me simple. That I live in Katy Perry music video full of rainbows and unicorns. You may say our world can’t exist in this One Love realm. Well, I chose to believe that we CAN create a more positive environment. And I am entitled to my own opinion. Being an American gives me that right. And if I could live in a place full unicorns and rainbows, I would. And if you are a peaceful person, accepting of all and like to smile, you can come be my neighbor.
I displayed pictures from my recent beach trip to see my family. I always find peace staying with them and thought I’d share. My way of spreading a little peace and positivity your way.
“Be a rainbow in some else’s cloud” ~ Maya Angelou
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” ~ Maya Angelou