Wednesday, July 13, 2016

On My Soapbox... of Kindness and Love!

With everything going on there is too much to say and not enough. So much death and violence this year. Too much. In trying to keep the post as simple as possible I want to share several quotes with you. I believe that love is stronger than hate and that you cannot fight hate with hate or fear. I see that too often. So, I'm not just speaking to the violence in the world, but also to the everyday hate people seem way too comfortable with lately.

I do think that the only way to combat hate is to counter it with kindness, love or at least rational thinking. I'm not trying to say that the anger isn't appropriate at times, but people rarely see what is true and often succumb to fear if anger is not abated. We also don't listen in that state. It's also hard to say what you want when you are upset so often I use quotes when I have too much and not enough appropriate words to give the right feeling. Usually someone has said it so much better. This is my way of holding onto kindness. Kindness changes things and I'm spreading that shit everywhere. :)

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”― Martin Luther King Jr.A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches
“The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.” ― Elie Wiesel 
“Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don't know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.” ― Anaïs Nin
“Don't give in to your fears. If you do, you won't be able to talk to your heart.” ― Paulo CoelhoThe Alchemist 
“You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche
“Instead of clearing his own heart the zealot tries to clear the world.” ― Joseph CampbellThe Hero with a Thousand Faces 
“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.  
“It is a condition of monsters that they do not perceive themselves as such. The dragon, you know, hunkered in the village devouring maidens, heard the townsfolk cry 'Monster!' and looked behind him.” ― Laini TaylorDaughter of Smoke and Bone
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ― Leo Buscaglia 
“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” ― Dalai Lama XIV 
 "Fear and hatred will cease to exist when love is in abundance." ― Ken E. Nwadike, Jr (Free Hugs Project)
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi 
“We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.”― Anaïs Nin 
“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” ― Dalai Lama XIV
Let it Be ~ (The Beatles) Across the Universe

Let go of hate, don't hold onto it.

Put A Little Love in Your Heart ~Annie Lennox and Al Green
In all this hate, sadness, and horror, remember there is always hope.
“It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.” ― Anne FrankThe Diary of a Young Girl  
Need a internet hug? Some inspiration? Free Hugs Project is trying to do that. How about people who photoshopped a favorite toy elephant that a little boy lost. He was told that he was on an adventure around the world. A family friend hoped that people would help show the boy his toy was really okay. Go HERE for the story and some of the photos. Hopefully these will help you see that kindness is spreading. It exists.
From Bored Panda You really need to see those photos! :)
Please feel free to add any appropriate inspiration in the comments.

I'll end this as I did the last time:
"Kindness is free, sprinkle that shit everywhere" -TShirt 

40 comments:

  1. Melissa, you're absolutely right--this type of hatred should only be met with kindness! Thank you for such an uplifting post--this is exactly what I needed. <3

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  2. :( Exactly. It's also how I feel about all the violent Donald Trump protests. It's counterproductive. If you want to protest the man, make sure you show up in the polls and don't freaking vote for him. No blood needed to be shed.

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    1. Actually, most of those protests are civil. The media is only latching onto the violence when it happens.

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    1. I read a tweet (I forget who it was, I didn't know them) who asked if Quentin Tarantino was directing 2016. Humor is good. :)

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  4. You are so right Melissa. Thanks for this!

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  5. YES! This is what I've been telling people. It doesn't mean our head is in the sand or we are ignoring the issue but LOVE must win over hate and as we radiate love we change others feelings of hate and fear to love too. Love is the answer!

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  6. Thank you so much for sharing these, there are some very wise and beautiful quotes in here.

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  7. You said what I wish everyone believed! I also liked the quotes you included, even if I had to laugh at the mosquito one :)Let it Be. What can I say? That was a powerful video as well. I wish everyone could read your words and that it would go viral.

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    1. Thanks. The only viral I would probably get is the flu. LOL ;)

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  8. But I hate everyone! Kidding. :D Love those quote and completely agree with you. <3

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  9. Insightful quotes there and you're so right my friend

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  10. I agree completely Melissa! This year has been brutal the world over, and yet nothing changes. Violence begets violence. *eats chocolate and hugs everyone*

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    1. Yea, and fear seems to be increasing. *sigh* I'll take that chocolate now. :)

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  11. Some rational thinking would do a lot of people some good.

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  12. YES. I hate all the hate. It's just so much work to hate, you know? And it's bad for your health! *hugs*

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  13. Wonderful post Melissa. Sometimes the darkness around us overwhelms me. Life is too short, and too precious to do anything but uplift one another.

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  14. Awesome post and just what I needed - thanks!

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  15. THANK YOU, Melissa. Perfect post. I have been hiding in a cubby and just trying to keep my kids happy lately. There is just so much hate, it hurts my heart. *HUGS*

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  16. It breaks our heart the cruelty that is spread in the world. We aren't that way and struggle to try and see why. We just keep trying to share the love and hope it wins out, as one day it has to.

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    1. I think it will, but it will have to endure those that try to squash it first. :(

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