Because guess what honey? I am not judging you.
Dip one toe in the internet waters these days and Judgey Mc Judgey pants will be on your ass faster than you can say your stance on Vaccinations.
I often wonder how we got here. When did our lives become so instant that we could not be bothered to see something from someone else’s perspective? I suppose that I could be excited that everyone has become so passionate. But, I am not one for simply just being satisfied with ok. We can be so much better than this.
What happened to compassion? Empathy? Understanding?
For me, I find this hardest in the middle of the mommy wars. Can you blame me? My life is small children right now. I have friends commenting that no one should get vaccines, others saying those not getting them are stupid and ruining america. Friends saying mothers are awful if their child died in a car wreck in a car seat they would not have used. Seriously, is it so hard to believe that for the most part we are all trying our best? Yes, people fuck up, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t do the best they were capable of.
So to everyone out there. I am not judging you. You are doing awesome at this life thing. Because life is hard and I am not perfect at it either.
Unless you don’t like to hike. Then forget it. I am totally judging you right now.
What is kindness?
Does it even exist anymore?
I saw some kindness
but, I can’t be sure.
What does it look like?
Is it religion?
Is it faith?
Maybe it is much
If you looked for it
how much would you
Is it too
Maybe if we can
Will you recognize it?
it comes in many disguises
are you sure you can see them all?
It can be hidden in your heart
flashing on your tv
written into a joke
it can be the simple act of remaining silent
what hate are you ignoring?
Does it leave you feeling sick?
your problems have you in your own hole
and you can’t see out
is it dark in there?
What do you do when it rains down there in that hole?
Wouldn’t it be nice if someone would simply reach down and
Why is no one willing to help?
Where has compassion gone?
Oh I’m sorry I forgot compassion is too
You’ve never met me
Yet the thought of me fills you with hate
You are not perfect
Yet you want me to be
You bend the rules to fit your whims
Yet you hold firm the rules for me
You will never understand love
Yet I will always love you
You wish me harm
Yet I wish you peace and understanding
At the end neither you nor I will exist
Only what we taught others lives on
Are you leaving love?
Are you leaving compassion?
Are you leaving fear?
Are you leaving hate?
I follow the Dali Lama on twitter. Yep. He tweets everyday an hour before I wake up. It is positive words of wisdom and compassion that I love starting my day with. A nice reminder that no matter what someone does or says you should show them compassion and love. Something I must admit I often find challenging. Especially as long as Rick Perry is making commercials reminding me about how I have to celebrate Christmas in fear every year. Damn war on religion.
So I thought I would pass along some of my favorite Dali Lama quotes to pass along the kindness this holiday season
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”
“I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.”
“If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them.”
“In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.”
“There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.”