Sunday, January 1, 2017

Out With The Old/In With The New


OUT WITH THE OLD-

I discovered this year, my 49th in this world, that I just don't understand people at all.  Here are a few of the things I don't understand:

I don't understand berating strangers, in person or online.
I don't understand destroying property- not your own but especially that which belongs to others
I don't understand physically harming another person.
I don't understand when life became disposable.
I don't understand the inability to look beyond political parties to see what makes the whole of a person.
I don't understand name-calling.
I don't understand hate.  Period.

This year-2016- has been the most hate-filled of my memory.  I was born at the tail-end of the Civil Rights Era and I honestly feel we have regressed.  This year we have seen very vocal and very violent hate based on religion, gender, race, who you love, who you vote for, whether or not you believe in gun regulation, - pretty much anything you can imagine and I just don't get it.  Maybe that makes me naive, but I feel that it makes me happier than living with hate in my heart.  It's certainly more peaceful than being angry all of the time.

IN WITH THE NEW-

This year I have not made resolutions.  I have instead decided to adopt two keywords for 2017:

Kindness

And

Gratitude

If I can live with those two little words first and foremost in my heart for 2017.  It will be a stellar year.  

Happy New Year Friends... 



6 comments:

Rick said...

Yes, those words are in short supply. Maybe it is just us, but as a 59-year-old, I learned not to speak in this manner to anyone.

I liked our way better.

Julie Faulds said...

I agree- and no matter how someone we interact with is behaving, we don't have to stoop to that level. We can know that we take the high road at all time. Have a great day Rick!

Debbie Wallace said...

Reading your post randomly today. I have RA and I sounded a lot like you. A Wonderful Son who married his Beautiful wife Carrie 22 yrs ago and gave me 3 Grandchildren. My Son, my Beloved lost his life to Depression Feb. 24, 2017. It was a silent suffering and no one knew.God Bless. Kiss your Family today.

Debbie Wallace said...

I sounded a lot like you in the fact that my Son married a Beautiful Woman and I have 3 Beautiful Grandchildren. Alas, now I just have memories and pics of him. He lost his life to depression. It was a silent suffering. So no one knew.RIP Rodney Higgins 11/8/75 to 2/24/2017.

Debbie Wallace said...

Grateful

Addison Jones said...

Kindness and Gratitude! Love it...we need more people adopting these two words! Thank you for starting a positive new year!