Monday, January 23, 2017

“Only the weak are cruel. Gentleness can only be expected from the strong.”

~ Leo Buscaglia

Every single person walking the earth is someone’s son or daughter. They are also, possibly, someone’s mother or father, sister or brother; most certainly someone’s friend. The people we read about online and see on the news are that too.

If we wouldn’t say something to or about our own mother, father, sister, brother, son, daughter, or friend; if we would be hurt if someone said that same thing about us; then let’s not say it. Let’s not type it, let’s not share it, let’s not like it. Let’s just not.

Let’s remember that when someone says something mean about us, the words say more about the person saying them than they do about us. The principle is the same when we say something about someone else. Let’s stop hiding behind our screens and be decent. Let’s give those who see things differently from us the same respect we hope to receive from them.

Agree or disagree, debate respectfully, but stop being mean.

Just stop it.


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. You know how I feel about this. It is so sad and awful that we have come to this. I had to unfriend my neighbor across my street last night! I couldn’t take his rants anymore, Now I have to live here near him and hope he understands why I didn’t want to see any more of that stuff on my page. It won’t be easy. He is a nice man but what he did was mean even if he didn’t think he was being like that. Praying we all look at ourselves online.

  2. I have “unfollowed”, but remained friends with, a number of people recently too, Terri. It’s all becoming something ugly and I choose not to be influenced by that sort of thing. Praying right along with you.

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