Huge thank you to my best friend of 18 years (I just like typing that number out, gets me every time :) for sending along this article today. I was smiling and nodding and "ugh, yes, SO true" -ing during the entire thing. And, duh, I even felt a smiddgen choked up. This mom is a freaking rock star....
"People are heart-breakingly sensitive. If enough people tell someone over and over that he is not okay, he will believe it. And one way or another, he will die.
So how is any of this surprising? It's quite predictable, actually. It's trickle-down cruelty.
I don't know much. But I know that each time I see something heartbreaking on the news, each time I encounter a problem outside, the answer to the problem is inside. The problem is ALWAYS me and the solution is ALWAYS me. If I want my world to be less vicious, then I must become more gentle. If I want my children to embrace other children for who they are, to treat other children with the dignity and respect every child of God deserves, then I had better treat other adults the same way. And I better make sure that my children know beyond a shadow of a doubt that in God's and their father's and my eyes, they are okay. They are fine. They are loved as they are. Without a single unless. Because the kids who bully are those who are afraid that a secret part of themselves is not okay."
Let's vow to be a little kinder to one another today, shall we? To see ourselves and others as worthy, lovable and a-ok just as we are? Seems like a stellar way to start the week to me.