…than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. It is an old saying, but very much a truth. In this age of social media, maybe we should add, “…than to post, tweet, or snap…” to that saying. I will say again that you will absolutely NOT see me making any post that expresses my political and/or religious beliefs. They are mine, and, quite frankly, none of your bee’s wax.
Sadly, you can’t turn on your computer, pick up the phone, or just stand in line at a store without being overwhelmed with people’s useless opinions. Sorry folks, they are simply opinions, and thus, they hold no real value to anybody except the person expressing them…and maybe any like-minded sorts that can now point and nod with a knowing wink and a smile.
Please don’t ask me to weigh in or like these posts. Even if I do, I won’t. And here is why. I rely on a vastly varied population for my livelihood. The moment I “pick a side” I will alienate everybody that stands in opposition to it.
Honestly, I am tired of this entire mess. Both sides of our political spectrum are making a mockery of this system and the country. Nobody walks away from this without blame. It is time that we, the people of this nation, start doing what the powers that be do not seem to be able to do. We need to come together and heal. We need to reach out to those who are different from ourselves and come to an understanding on whatever common ground we share. It can be something as mundane as being a fan of the same sports team or television sitcom. Honestly, it doesn’t matter, as long as we start crossing those lines and seeing each other for what we truly are: human beings with feelings, talents, and a variety of beliefs that make this nation diverse and brimming with endless possibilities.
I don’t normally ask for silly things like for people to “share” my posts. Of course, I am always happy when it happens, but this is different. Today, if it isn’t too much to ask, I have TWO requests. The first is a bit selfish–I would ask for you to share this post. Maybe just on your page, or perhaps on a friend’s as well to get the snowball rolling. (If you know a friend who is a social media maniac, they would be a great choice.) The second is for you to do ONE random act of kindness to a stranger. And let’s dismiss with all the modesty–false or otherwise– and share it here on whatever platform you read this post on; be it Google+, Wastebook, Twitter, or Pintrest. Tell the world what you did. It’s okay this one time. Let people hit the “like” button or whatever and give you that pat on the back you might need today.