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“Goodness is about character – integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.”


I sat down this evening with no intentions to write a blog, but here I am.

I’m sorry I haven’t blogged, I just haven’t had much to blog about. I mean sure, there are a few things going on but not enough forth a whole blog post — or I just plain forgot.

I would like to state one thing, and I’m going to make this clear as day. If you don’t like what I post here, then don’t read it. Plain and simple. Don’t like a photo I post? Cool. I don’t expect everyone to like everything I post. The wonderful thing about the internet, is you don’t HAVE to read anything on it.

Moving on, there has been so much anger, hate and frustration going around. 2016 has been a rough year for some, and I can tell you there was a short period of time in 2015 where I struggled.

Teaching preschool really has helped me see that many of us adults have it all mixed up. Mitchell and I have run into people in our lives that are so full of anger and hate that they’ve lost sight of what is important.

Religious or not, you should agree that we need to be kind to one another. Stop holding grudges and going out of our way to make people feel little, or worthless.

I brought up religion because there are a few things that have helped me over the past few months. One of them being personal experience, I have been on the receiving end of some awful things. Another thing that has helped are bible verses I learned as a kid.

Leviticus chapter 19, verses 17 and 18:

You shall not hate your fellow countryman in your heart; you may surely reprove your neighbor, but shall not incur in sin because of him. You shall not take vengeance nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people but you should love they neighbor as thy self.

Hear me out before you quit reading. I’m not trying to force religion or my beliefs down your throat, but I do think this is incredibly powerful. Don’t hate someone. You know that saying “Forgive but don’t forget.” That is something I think more people need to follow. We all sin, we all make mistakes, we all have flaws. It’s what we learn from them that is important. Just remember that guy that rudely cut you off in traffic, is someone’s brother, son, father, friend. Just like you are.

Often now days people let their anger and hate consume them. Something happens, and it morphs into this nasty beast inside of them and next thing you know they’re spreading their anger, upset and frustrations around them.

I will from here on out not let other’s actions and behavior alter who I am. At least that is what I am working to achieve. I still have some great hurt and upset buried down inside me thanks to others, but my first step is to be able to walk away from all of that.

 

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I will never let you bring me down.


 

Some days I let the little things get under my skin. I let the words you say, the actions you choose, the comments you make under your breath, the way you look at me change my thought process. Those are the days when I truly learn more about myself.

Go ahead, keep up the comments. Continue trying to bring me down. Tell me I’m not good enough. You’re just helping me build myself to being an even better person.

I will NOT give you the control over my attitude.
You will NOT steal my happiness.

You can judge me
You can try and hurt me
You can be bitter
You can be nasty

I will treat you with the respect I deserve.
I will not let your poison into my heart.
I will not let you control who I am.

“Therefore, laying aside falsehood, SPEAK TRUTH, EACH ONE OF YOU, with HIS NEIGHBOR for we are members of one another.

Be angry and yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger,
and do not give the devil an opportunity,

Let him who steals steal no longer; but rather let him labor, performing with his own hands something that is good, in order that he may have something to share with him who has need.

Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for education according to the need of the moment that it may give grace tho those who hear.

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away form you along with all malice.

And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4.25-32