Hello Friends! Happy Saturday!
I hope you are enjoying your weekend thus far.
Last week, I woke up to some rude, mean comments on a few of my Instagram pictures. Now, this wasn’t the first time I’ve experienced this, nor will it probably be the last time I experience this.
It’s par for the course, right?
Admittedly, I was annoyed for about 5-10 minutes, mostly in trying to figure out who the person was and why he or she was commenting.
But the truth is you’ll never truly know why. And honestly, it doesn’t matter.
“People will love you. People will hate you. And none of it will have anything to do with you.”
The internet is a great resource and for the most part it’s a pretty great place. There are plenty of people who are kind, supportive, and encouraging. People who are friendly and helpful.
But there is that percentage of the population who feel emboldened and empowered with anonymity. Sitting behind their keyboard, they thrive on negativity, taking every chance to tear others down.
Negativity is commonplace. It is easy and cheap to be mean. It takes little effort to type out a derogatory, rude comment.
But those words live on forever – both in cyberspace and in the minds of the people affected.
As children we were taught that words can’t hurt us.
But that was a lie.
Words are powerful.
“Words so innocent and powerless as they are standing in the dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.”
Life is short. We only get so many trips around the sun.
Why waste your time and energy making someone feel bad, when you could spend it lifting people up? It takes the same amount of effort to be decent, but has much better consequences.
There is enough negativity in the world.
Don’t be common.
Be a light.
Encourage. Support. Love.
And if you cannot be nice, it’s probably best to just be silent.