Hello coffee friends. The past week has been insane in Florida. I’ve got my coffee next to me and I’m ready to let loose.
I’d like to say it’s just Florida that has been crazy, but really it’s all over the world. One of my biggest issues is the way everyone turns these tragic events to shine a light elsewhere. Don’t believe me? Let me throw out some examples: politics, gun control, that one church (if you can call it that) which I won’t name. In my own personal opinion, when we give the platform to people who extend hate we’re only extending their outreach. Are you tired of hate? Don’t post about, don’t read about it. What you allow yourself to see, think, act, and speak about becomes your worldview. Guard it carefully.
I think one of our biggest adversaries we face today is social media. We’re able to see all these different stories from everyone’s view. There are many ways this is an awesome thing. Unfortunately, a lot of us use it to share stuff we don’t agree with. We want everyone to know, “I don’t agree with these people, they are crazy.” We have every right to do so, don’t get me wrong. What I’m saying is: is it really worth it? Is it really worth the arguments on Facebook or Twitter? I’m guilty of this too. I see something I believe in and come full force with my emotions, but that’s just not the way it goes. My advice: if you normally wouldn’t talk to said person in real life, don’t comment.
I’m tired of all the politicians too, yes that includes Donald Trump because let’s face it he’s one of them now. I have no idea who to vote for. I don’t like either candidate. There’s not another presidential candidate who’s even making headway, so why waste my vote. I have to choose between two people America is even struggling to accept. Mostly, I’m disappointed in them. One, Hilary Clinton is under federal investigation. Normally, if someone is under investigation they go on leave and don’t get hired anywhere else. Not sure how she’s setting an example for every ex-con across the country, but that’s not how the real world works. Donald Trump, I’m disappointed in how his campaign focuses in on himself.
When a shooting like the massacre in Orlando happens, I want a president who reacts immediately. Not in a fashion of using it to raise themselves up, but to act as support. To stand beside the victims and their families and let them know this country loves them.
America needs a president that will guard it carefully. America needs a president that will nurture it like a sick child back to health. America is sick with hate, fear, and insecurities. We need a new mentality. I’m not going to tell you who to vote for. I’m not even saying who I’m voting for. I won’t force you to vote because it’s a personal choice and one we don’t need to shove down each other throats.
What happened in Orlando was a tragedy, but I’m proud of how the community has come together. There has been so much love and support shown to everyone. I’m sure not every story has been told and they don’t have to be. The important part is people coming together to surround hurting people in love. People dropped what they were doing to stand in lines, make baskets, hand out water, make food, the list is endless. This love that America needs exists. There’s proof of it in Orlando, the city beautiful.
I guess what my thoughts are mainly lingering in on today is this: guard your words. I know it’s so easy to read something someone posted on Facebook and get heated. I know it’s easy to overhear something you don’t agree with. I know it’s easy to share something about some hate group. A majority of people don’t agree with said hate group, sharing it only inspires distaste towards that group as well. Though they deserve that, it is not what love is.
It’s not easy to hold back our opinions in a world that says it’s okay to say whatever you want. A majority of the time it is not. Our words hurt others and can in itself produce violence. Guard yourself. Guard your thoughts. Guard your words. Guard what articles you read. Guard the Facebook posts you share.
My words are not sufficient enough to get across this message. But the book of Proverbs in the bible, offers the perfect words and I’ll just leave us with that.
The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences. – Proverbs 18:21 NLT