If you turn on the news at any given moment, you’ll see grim situation after grim situation. It can seem like pretty scary stuff, especially if you’re a parent.
How do you explain the turmoil, the hatred, and insanity we see today to your children?
Being a parent is hard enough, but it’s even harder when your emotions and mind are constantly being bombarded by negativity. But blogger Amy Weatherly refuses to give into that negativity.
She refused to believe in the hopelessness of the future her children will grow up in. The world has always had its fair share of problems.
There have always been eras marked by war, social upheaval, and change.
But these days mass media is able to constantly remind us of all that is wrong in the word. People literally can’t take it anymore and neither can Weatherly. But throughout these times the human spirit, happiness, and love have always endured.
And Weatherly says it still can today and in the future with love, kindness, understanding, and civility.
She made an inspirational plea on Facebook that gives us hope for the future.
Here’s what she wrote:
“I Can’t Take it Anymore:
The school shootings.
The political divide.
The racial tension.
The sexual abuse.
Uh, same, same, same, same, same, and same!
The misplaced fear.
The wars overseas.
The wars at home.
The bullying on the playground.
The bullying from behind the safety of the computer screen.
I can’t take it anymore.”
Weatherly says that we might not have the answers, but the solutions lie within ourselves and our families.
“And I don’t have all of the answers. I don’t have all of the antibiotics. I don’t have all of the keys. I don’t have all of the cures and the erasers and the spells to make it all magically disappear into a puff of thin air and hopes and dreams,” Weatherly said.
“But I do have this. I do have this one thing to offer. I do know this: It starts with you and with me and with the conversations we have with our kids at bedtime. I do know it starts with us being kind to our neighbors. I do know it starts with us doing a better job of keeping our mouths shut and our ears open.”
“I do know it starts with us taking a stand for what we believe in and making the time to sit down with our families at the kitchen table. I do know it starts with us calling a friend who is hurting and calling out injustice the second we see it happening,” Weatherly says.
Weatherly says the key to peace is looking for things we all have in common instead of focusing on our differences.
“I do know it starts with us being soft with people’s hearts, and hard on the issues that set our souls on fire. I do know it starts with us carefully building up our knowledge on the matters at hand, and recklessly tearing down the walls that separate us as a culture.”
Weatherly says that the world could have a chance if people took the time to make connections with each other.
Instead of giving their loyalty to public figures who don’t actually care about them or their families.
“I do know it starts with phone calls and texts and letters to the proper people. I do know it starts with combining the facts in your head and the fuel in your heart to start a fire that can change laws that desperately need to be changed,” Weatherly said. “I do know it starts when we stop defending powerful politicians and we start defending helpless children. I do know it starts with us stretching outside of our comfort zones and reaching out to the man on the corner.”
Weatherly says the key is love.
“I do know it starts with us feeding the hungry. I do know it starts with us giving to the poor. I do know it starts with us making room at the table for the weary and the restless and the broken-hearted,” Weatherly explains. “I do know it starts with us leading in love, because it always, always, always starts with love. God bless Texas. Prayers for Santa Fe. Time to get to work. Time for things to change. Time to say ‘no more’. Time to demand better.”
You can see Weatherly’s original post below.
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