Life is crazy sometimes. I have a million and one thoughts swirling around in my head, and I’m not quite sure how to articulate them right now, but I came across a quote that struck a chord with me.
I’ve learned that sometimes when I’m angry I have the right to be angry… but that never gives me the right to be cruel.
That goes for everybody. No one has the right to be cruel. Ever.
If only it were that simple. If only it were that easy.
Words can be cruel. Actions can be cruel.
So what can we do when the cruelty of the world rears its ugly head? Look within yourself and find love. Surround yourself with the people who love you, the people who are kind to you, and the people who support you. Find the strength within to be stronger than the cruelty on the outside.
I truly believe everything in life happens for a reason. We may not always know what that reason is at the time, or ever, but I do think everything happens for a reason.
Case in point: Last night was a hard night for me for several reasons. I posted a #throwbackthursday picture on Instagram of me and my great-grandparents from 1989.
I wrote, “My angels watching over me and William from above… Using and needing their strength and love today.” My Great – Grandma Rose and Grandpa Joe have been my angels for over fifteen years now, but I still miss them dearly. I take comfort in the fact that I know they are watching from above. I take comfort in the fact that baby William gets to grow up with his great-grandparents and we get to spend so much time with them, listening, learning, and loving.
Successful mothers are not the ones that have never struggled. They are the ones that never give up, despite the struggles. -Sharon Jaynes
Good timing during a hard night. Like I said, everything happens for a reason.
William agrees. He’s like, “Yeah, dude.”
Lessons learned from today’s post:
- No one has the right to be cruel.
- Find the strength within.
- Never give up.
- Be kind.
As we head into the weekend, maybe make an extra effort to be extra kind to everyone around you. Those you know and strangers alike. We all know the world can use more kindness, less cruelty, and lots more love.
Have a good weekend. Be kind. Show love. xo
How can you reverse the effects of cruelty?