I am incredibly frustrated. Something awful happened in the world the other day and instead of responding with love, we responded with hate. I will not get into the details of the event, but I want to talk about the response.
The video I saw was both disgusting and ridiculous. I saw a video taken by a looter inside of a Target store in Minnesota. The video showed other looters stealing and destroying a retail store that had no relation to the incident. These looters at least had masks on to protect themselves from COVID-19.
If not hate, how do we respond?
Something like this happens all over the world every single day. Something terrible will happen and rightfully so, we are upset. We want justice for the wrong doers and we don’t trust the system to bring justice. Instead of finding ways to improve the system that created the injustice and hate, we spread chaos and destruction to our society.
This might come off as naive, but hang with me for a second. We must respond to hate and injustice with love. Love, does not equal inaction. As a matter of fact, love is not a noun, but love is a verb. In order to show love we must take action. What if instead of looting a Target, we responded by sending $1 to a family in need related to the victim? Or what if we prayed for our own justice system. Oh, I got a good one, how about we all voted for better people to be our leadership. These are all simple and easy ways to protest with love.
Ways I can improve
I don’t want you to think that I am perfect either. When my kid breaks my favorite coffee mug, I want to react out of hate or anger, but if I did would I be serving my children? When a guy speeds by and cuts me off on the highway barely dodging oncoming traffic, I definitely don’t react out of love. Most of the time it is out of frustration or hate. Here are some ways that I can improve:
- When my kid is disobedient, I can calmly sit them down and show them the why and not respond with yelling.
- If my wife ignores my requests, I can pay more attention to hers so she desires to reciprocate.
- After a driver cuts me off in traffic, I can point out the behavior to my kids to show them the dangers of others on the road.
- When my friends post something snarky on social media, I can unfollow their posts or comment with love instead of fighting back.
What ways can you improve your reactions from hate? I would love to know and if you are looking for an accountability partner, send me a message. I would love to be a part of your journey.
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