None of us like bullying. We don’t like the word and we like the action even less. I often hear conversations about bullying and how awful it is. This morning on my walk I was thinking: who teaches kids to be bullies? Is it their parents? Does it start with the adults complaining, being negative, making fun of others?
I love social media and have fun sharing my adventures and seeing other people’s, but lately the awful things adults say to each other just breaks my heart and makes my belly hurt. I still get bullied by people on some things. The politically negative attacks on one another from people on both sides of the fence are just sickening. I feel like people have forgotten that we’re Americans and we have the freedom to differ and still respect each other. The extreme passion for one party or one candidate and complete hatred for the other and anyone who would vote for them is disheartening. Can’t we all just get along and respect each other’s choices? I feel like we’re turning into a violent country where if you don’t like who I like and think the way I think, I can and will call you names and bully you until you do. Is that right? Should we live in fear of one another or in fear of a violent reaction if we don’t agree with you?
We live in a democracy and I am grateful for that freedom. I have seen anger and ugliness on both ends of the spectrum. Many people look for something to be mad about or fight about, but if we spent half that energy looking to be kind and positive we could find it out there with ease. I choose to look for the good and focus on that. I have no time for negativity or negative people in my life, and though I won’t unfriend others, I invite you to feel free to unfriend me if you don’t believe in freedom of opinion. I’m okay if you don’t vote the way I do, but I’m not okay if you bully me into voting like you. No, I won’t be sharing how I will vote come November, but I am praying that you know you have more influence to change the world around with your actions and attitude than any president you elect. Please find kindness in your heart and share that freely with those who look, think or are different from you. Let freedom ring!
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