This week, I have been holding back tears every time I’ve turned on the news. Every time I’ve scrolled through Facebook or Twitter I’ve had to stifle a sob.
My heart hurts for what is happening, I am so full of sadness for what our world is coming to. My first thought was for my family who was there, my second was for everyone impacted; I can’t imagine what this is like for them. My third thought went to the coward who carried this all out…how dare you. How dare you try and tear our nation apart. How dare you go hunting for not only your fellow Americans, but your own species.
It is times like these where we need to come together. We need to show these horrible creatures that we are bigger than they think – that we can rise above the ashes and the rubble and come out stronger.
Today, I challenge you: instead of spewing hatred about the NFL protests, about Donald Trump, about “this is why we need gun laws and you stupid people need to do something about it,” about the conspiracy theories that are already brewing (please just go away)…be a kind human. It doesn’t have to cost a dime. It doesn’t have to cost any extra time, smile at someone as you’re walking down the street. Give someone a compliment in the elevator. Tell your loved ones you love them, give it extra meaning by telling them why. If you have a few extra bucks, pay for someone’s coffee. Give that homeless person you see everyday some breakfast.
Our nation keeps getting more and more divided and that’s not what America is about. We are supposed to stand together, stand tall, and stand our ground. We are supposed to be a melting pot, each of us bringing something new and meaningful to the table. We are supposed to be the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, not Land of the Scared and Home of the Violent.
It’s time for us to realize this is a problem for humanity.
Not a problem for our latest politicians to fight over, not a new debate topic to put one candidate above the other, not a topic for the new potential Miss America to answer. This is a problem for US. It’s time to open our eyes and start problem solving
It is with this that I leave you and ask you to just be a decent human. Be kind, be caring, be helpful. Pay it forward when you can, and quite honestly, just don’t be a piece of shit. We have to stick together and stand our ground – united we stand, divided we fall – don’t let them make us fall.
God bless, and stay safe.