Yesterday a friend on Facebook put up a post pretty much telling people to stop being such jerks online. This is a person who doesn’t go off the deep-end with political or (exclusive) religious posts. She usually posts very beautiful photography. Even if it’s a spider (one of her favorites), the photos are gorgeous. She adds beauty to the world, never hate. I put the following up as a comment on her post (I deleted some personal stuff here):
“There are days I go in search of the kind, compassionate, loving and beautiful. Despite what we sometimes see on FB and elsewhere, there is much more beauty in the world than ugliness, much more kindness than hate or cruelty. Perhaps we should all make it a goal to make at least one person smile every day.”
Looking at the events of the world, including what happened in my country yesterday, I think we all need to step back and look at the beauty. So, you know what? I am going to put up a post every day that will be an attempt to get at least one person to smile. A smile a day. It might be a random thought or an inspirational phrase. Maybe I’ll post a beautiful picture or tell a story of some kindness I witnessed or read about. I just want to put up some little bit of beauty, kindness or compassion as a small way to counterbalance all of the hate and ugliness that the news seems to force into our lives every day. I’ll try to stick to less than 100 words most days, but why limit myself?
For today, I just want to point out how many people responded to her post. Far more people are sick of all of the name calling and ugliness we see every day than those actually spreading the hate. Most people do want to get along. Most people do want to see the beauty. Most people, deep down inside, are good. Isn’t that inspiring? Isn’t that something to smile about?