Kindness is one of the things that we can freely give just as love is. And yet, so many today are withholding kindness, resorting to name calling, hatred, denigration etc. And many of them are the ones that will site that they did a random act of kindness by buying someone a cup of coffee.
When was the last time people served in a soup kitchen? I did before my health got so bad and I served on forearm crutches. I loved it. I met some really special people. When was the last time people noticed someone really hurting and reached out to them even if just to say “can I help you?”
When was the last time people took dinner to a shut-in or just visited. Being shut in can be very lonely and company is so wonderful to have. When was the last time someone you knew just lost a loved one and was having to head to the funeral home to make arrangements and you offered to go with them?
Kindness should not be random. It should be all the time. A smile is kindness, a greeting can be kindness and just showing you care can be kindness. A card sent to someone sick is kindness. We live in a crazy, crazy world where everyone is rush, rush, rush. And I want to say what are you rushing for? Slow down and really take a look around you. I see people who are ignoring their children because they would rather be on social media. Or children ignoring their elderly parents or sick parents because they just don’t want to be bothered.
We only have so long on this world and no one is guaranteed a tomorrow. So, we should make the best of every day and spread kindness and love. There is a quote I love for it says it all. I try to live this way. I hope it touches your heart like it touched mine.
“I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”
― Stephen Grellet
This is a topic that lies dear to my heart because it involves children. There are a lot of vloggers on You-tube and I enjoy watching some of them but what bothers me is that You-tube has an age limit of 13 to be able to be on You-tube and yet you will find kids as young as 7 years old commenting on these vlogs. And while some are just hooked on watching the vloggers, other young tweens (7-12) and young teens are on just to bully and harass and I think the parents would be shocked to see what they are doing.
I often wonder if parents even know what their kids are doing on those smart phones that they give them. I wonder do they realize that these kids are able to watch very inappropriate vlogs that have very vulgar and even sexually oriented content.
I believe this is one of the causes of kids dropping out of school for I see so many posting how they can not wait to get pregnant and quit school and make money on You-tube and they do. I have seen channels started by pregnant 13 and up kids who are not really ready to be a parent and have no education.
Although there are some family oriented vloggers, I personally would not want my child to pretend to be sick so they could stay home from school and watch their favorite vloggers, or to take their smart phones to the bathroom at school so they could watch or to become pregnant because they saw it on You-tube vlogs. There was a situation recently where a vlogger was walking in a store with another vlogger and a young girl saw her and ran up and hugged her. Her mother was like “Stop! Stop! Who are you?” to the vlogger. And that told me right there that parents do not pay attention to what their children are watching on the internet.
I personally think that You-tube should enforce their age limits and should also make the age limit higher to have a channel on You-tube. I read some of the comments written by these young kids and they are just hooked on watching these vloggers. They even send gifts, etc to these vloggers. And I think parents should start being diligent on this because this is another way that predators find our children.
I am deeply concerned and saddened because every day I see on a page on FB that I follow called “Find the Missing”, children, mostly young girls between 11 and 17 who are missing. Some have run away thinking that they are smart enough to handle what may come and some abducted.
We all know there are pedophile rings out there and I have begun to believe they are working overtime to get these children. I recently watched on Dr. Phil his show on children being abducted by the sex trade. What this young girl told happened to her made me literally sick to my stomach. She was terrified Dr. Phil would send her back which of course he had no intentions of doing.
I believe that parents have got to teach their children the dangers out there in the world. Social media and fancy cell phones have made it easier and easier for children to be abducted. We as parents need to be moderating these phones, putting trackers on these phones and checking behind our kids. The world is no longer safe for people and especially for our children who are not old enough to see the danger in what they do.
We are not their “best friend” or their “buddy”. We are their parent and with that comes the responsibility to make sure our kids are safe, are taught well and have the tools to avoid some of these situations.
I have seen so much hatred, so much desire to want to destroy our government and our country and so much ugliness and it makes me very sad.
IF and I say IF our country gets destroyed, it will not be by Republican or Democrats. It will be from hate. Hate is such a destructive emotion and damages not only those around someone who is filled with hate but also destroys the very heart of the person hating.
People who are consumed with hate lose perspective. They lose the ability to reason rationally and do things that jeopardize not only themselves but their jobs. They say and do things because they want to get even with whomever they are hating.
Those hating are trying to stop people from having their own opinions. If you do not agree, you get called names like racist, etc. Those hating lose sight of the fact that our country is based on freedom and I totally support peaceful protests, peaceful marches, and other ways of peacefully getting their opinion across. But I do not condone those who destroy businesses, homes, cars, injure other people and spew hatred at them.
I believe we start where we are at trying to bring peace and reason to our little corner of the world. I do not have to agree with you for us to be friends. I just have to treat you with kindness. Someone who has a different opinion than me does not destroy my opinion. It does not threaten it. So, why would I need to react with such hatred?
I know there are many out there who feel like I do and do not want hatred to destroy our country or even the world. People just have to recognize what hatred is doing.
Due to some drastic health changes, my blog is going to change. I have spinal cord problems along with all my other health issues and being told surgery would make me paralyzed from the waist down and not having it, I will end up that way anyway, I decided to not have the surgery. But, it has drastically affected my life. I can not sit long, lay long, stand long without extreme pain. There are some other issues but I am not going to go into them. Just letting you know why the change.
I am going to be doing small posts called Simply danLrene’s Opinion. It may be a paragraph on something in the news, something that strikes my opinion, something I see or hear. Just whatever. If anyone has any ideas you can send them to me. If you are wanting to troll and write hate comments or argue, remember this is just my opinion. Everyone does not think the same and everyone has the right to their opinion. If you decide to attack, hate, etc, your comment will never reach my blog as I filter all of them. I ask people to just be kind.
Be back soon with my first Simply danLrene’s Opinion. 🙂