November 18, 2013

#NaBloPoMo: The Post that Didn't Post

I try really, really hard to be positive. There are so many things in our world that need "fixing," and I don't want to be known as a complainer. Complaining does nothing to fix anything. Really. Complaining does not one thing. I know that this is not a world-shattering thought, but around the time of the any elections, my social media feeds would seem to indicate that 99.9% of my friends really thought they could change the world with their complaints.

I wanted to write a post telling everyone to just shut the hell up. I didn't though. I wanted to remain positive.

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As long as we have elections, there will always be two sides. Even people who say they don't care, do. I wanted to tell people to just be nice, for goodness sake. When my kid--MY NINE-YEAR-OLD KID--shared with some friends (who are politically on the other side of the spectrum) where our family stood as far as presidential candidates were concerned, she was told she was going to hell. Really. These people are "Christians" despite their penchant for judging others. I told her not to sweat it. God had bigger problems than our presidential elections and the God we served loves all people--even Judgy McJudgersons. Then I wanted to tell them to shut the hell up. But, I didn't.

When gun-control legislation was introduced in response to Sandy Hook. The ugliness continued. No one wants their guns taken. No one wants to take your guns. Everyone continued to ask opponents, "What would you do if..." in presenting their cases. Funny thing was no one was listening to any of the responses. Once again, shut up. I wanted to say it a million times over. I didn't do it, though.

Religion? Everyone's right. Everyone's wrong.

Welfare? Help them all. Help none of them.

Healthcare? Heal the sick. Screw the system.

Movies? They hated it. They loved it.

We can't seem to have a civil discussion anymore. And, I had a post wherein I told everyone to shut up. I wanted to say that words are empty when they lack action ... then I realized that I needed to follow my own advice. This space would stay positive. This space would make a more intentional movement toward positive action. This space would be a place of respect.

So, my "Shut The Hell Up" post? It never posted. My words became actions instead. I would remain positive, even though the rest of the world seemingly jumped onto a negative, one-way road.

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