I rarely pop in here on a Saturday, and especially not to spout off on sensitive topics that will get me lots of hate mail, but here goes.
This week I was really encouraged by two things I heard that deal with two of the biggest sources of strife in my sheltered little rich first-world life.
#1: Haters gotta hate.
I know this is a fun little quote right now for all of us living the thug life, but I must ask, WHY? Why do haters gotta hate? We don’t get many not-nice comments on this blog, but we have received a few. And a few not-nice pinterest comments too (which makes NO sense, because hello, why take the time to pin something and then say something negative about it?) I loved this post from LBB this week where she posted some of the crazier comments she’s received, because she made it funny. But take away her lighthearted commentary and great attitude, and really they were just mean comments. And that got me thinking, you know, I think even DISNEY from Ruffles and Stuff has received some not-nice mail. If people are mean to the blogging queen of nice, the rest of us don’t stand a chance.
And then Susan posted this youtube video to our twitter that pretty much sums it all up (I say “our” twitter, but really Susan does all of our social networking. I don’t really know what a twitter is.) Sorry about the mildly offensive language (perhaps don’t play it if your kids are around), but wow. It’s So True. Let’s all sing this little ditty in our heads as we go about our day, ok?
And if the mildly offensive language does bother you, how about these words: LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR. A pretty famous guy once said that this was the 2nd most important thing in the world. You may know Him.
#2: (this is a more focused version of #1) Haters gotta hate on Moms!
Back at LBB again, with this post, which basically spurred me to write this post of my own. Why, of all the haters in the world, are moms some of the worst perpetrators? As moms, can’t we all just recognize that this job is the hardest and most honorable and most terrifying and most wonderful and most important job in the universe? Why would we make it any more difficult on one another or dampen its joy by judging someone else for the way they endeavor to love their children?
So next time you start thinking that it’s weird for that 3.5 year old to have a paci in her mouth or you just really don’t like that rainbow felt wreath (ooh! cute idea!), or maybe there’s even an important vote happening in a state that begins with “north” and ends in “carolina” and you’re tempted to run your mouth, first remember our little song and hum it to yourself instead. Nobody is saying you have to share anyone elses’ opinions or beliefs. Nobody is saying you even have to keep your opinions and beliefs to yourself. Just don’t be a jerk about it. Love your neighbor.
Am I writing all of this because I’m perfect and never ever hate on anyone? definitely not. I’m writing it so I’ll remember it and you guys can hold me accountable too.
I will say that I have not left negative comments on other blogs though. Talk about a futile activity. No, my bigger fault is NOT commenting when I DO love something. In fact, if we could go beyond keeping our mouths shut instead of hating and move into encouraging one another and spreading joy, that would be pretty cool.
Tomorrow I step down from my soapbox and kick off the start of something really fun; something that will give you lots and lots of opportunities to tell others how much they rock. Stay tuned!