I am a person who believes that words matter. Many of the words spoken from this election’s presidential candidates, the media, and each side’s supporters was disheartening, to say the least. I often don’t engage in conversations about politics because of the intense nature of the subject matter. I feel my opinions are my own. My life, personal experiences, and education shape my particular views. We are all on different paths and believe different things, thus we have different opinions. The negative words that have been spewed are appalling and harmful to our divided country.
My heart is heavy for our world today, yet I keep faith that love will overcome hate. Right now, it seems very distant, but my hope still remains. I see many good things in our world and plenty of great people striving to work hard and make a difference. I want to focus on that. The good. I was not raised to write insensitive or attacking comments online, therefore I don’t (thank you, Mom). I will teach my child the very same. Passions run deep. I understand that, but it doesn’t negate awful behavior.
Change starts with people. From me. From you. We can do small things each day to make America better. I think the term “respectfully disagree” has gone by the wayside. Debates between strangers become personal attacks and confrontational verbal assaults. Does this type of behavior solve the issues? No, it divides people. I know we have freedom of speech, and that is a wonderful thing. Just remember, those words matter. They mean something and they can hurt people.
Remember to be love. Be kind in all that you do. I know sometimes it can be a challenge, believe me, I know. More can be accomplished with a good heart. Don’t forget, your words become your actions—please choose carefully.