Really? I wonder if some of my “friends” would be so outspoken if they were not hiding behind the safety of an electronic device. Social Media Rage (mostly revolving around but not limited to politics) has become the new road rage – where seemingly normal people (whom I thought I knew) become people I hardly recognize.
Vicious personal attacks can contain extremely hurtful words, pictures and symbols. Others sometimes join in the online assaults and people even publicly proclaim they don’t want to be “friends” with anyone who doesn’t vote for (insert your candidate name here). Ugly exchanges force bystanders to ignore, “unfriend/unfollow” or block.
What are we thinking? Or not thinking?
It. Makes. Me. Sad.
While you’re busy getting angry and attacking someone for having a different opinion, another child is being diagnosed with cancer, another woman trying to conceive is disappointed yet again, another aging parent is being loved out of this world, another family is experiencing unimaginable and sudden tragedy and a lonely human soul is searching for hope in a horribly broken world.
And when they look at you – when they look at me – what will they see?
We all get so caught up in our world of standing for this or that and we forget the very circle of influence – our family, our friends and people who we come into contact with on a daily basis – who are watching carefully and desperately need us to be a beacon of light in a dark world.
Our children are watching. They are listening. They are learning.
And what about the impact of their actions as business associates, potential or existing employers can see some of these very public “expressions”?
We may not always agree but we always have a choice to be kind.
Agreeing to disagree is ok. And we don’t always have to be right…
“Choose to be kind over being right and you’ll be right every time.” ― Richard Carlson
Let’s choose to be kind.
Be Blessed and be kind as you live a moment at a time…