One cannot pick up a paper, watch TV, or stand in line at the grocery store without realizing the violence in the world around us. Sometimes we begin to think that is all there is, that constant pain and punishment in our world have prevailed
During the last few days I have been reading a book. It states, we, as human beings, live as if we have forever. We are indeed spirits living in human form and have forgotten how short life is and how important it is to treat people with love and kindness. It’s also important to learn we can never ‘give’ too much because with everything we give to any person, organization, or church; I have to have faith it will come back as a blessing. It doesn’t have to come back to me but hopefully will circle and touch another’s life.
Imagine you are looking into a newborn baby’s eyes. What do you see? Imagine that you say to the child, “Newborn baby. Unconditional love. Pure spirit.” Think about how many children are born into this world to parents who have not chosen to teach and guide with kindness and love instead of criticism and pain.
Often, we learn of adults who can’t seem to make, not able to hold a job, or get along with others and almost always had problems when they were children. Almost all were raised in environments where the responsible adults chose to criticize, hit, or shut the child away when the child did not behave as she/he should.
Do children really understand the dynamics of life? Even though a child is often verbal at an early age, they do not have the coping skills an adult has learned. When they hurt, many times they act out. When they are confused, many times they act out. And verbal criticism often hurts worse than physical pain. Why? Because it is so easily remembered, even years later.
If I could tell you anything about this coming Thanksgiving it would be, I wish I could give all the children in the world the love that so many parent’s are capable of kindness, cuddling, snuggling, and kissing a skinned knee!
My family jokes with me because I can always find a baby, toddler or young child to talk with when I happen to catch a watchful eye or a smile coming my way! The other day in a retail store, I met two of the most darling children. They were dressed up in their Halloween clothes and their dachshund dog was wearing a hot-dog costume! The dad was busy paying for his groceries which allowed me time to talk to the girls. As I walked away, I said, ‘Have a safe and happy Halloween night!’
The oldest little girl said, “You are boo-ti-ful!”
This shocked me! And I asked again, “What did you say?”
She smiled and replied, “You are boo-ti-ful!”
I could have cried right then and there. It filled my heart with joy. She didn’t see me as the senior citizen I often frown at when I look in the mirror each morning! She saw me for what we shared: a smile between two strangers!
Maybe it’s time we shared the same thought. Life is very short and love is very important. Yet there are many people walking around who love but have lost their way. They have a different view of the same event or story in their lives. One may have learned that results are better when positive words and gentleness are used, the other may believe that physical force and harsh words are the only way.
There are many choices and daily decisions we make and most important, we must remember there are consequences to our actions. In your life…are you choosing love and gentleness this Thanksgiving 2018?
Let us continue to share peace and happiness, and in doing so, let’s hope it will be returned to others one by one!