Today’s post was supposed to be talking about attachment styles, and how they have a huge influence on our lives even though we may not realize it. But I was recently talking to a young girl at my church about showing others love, and I felt compelled to write this new blog post. So today we’re going to be talking about spreading love, not hate. Keep reading below to hear my thoughts on this topic!
Negativity and hate is a huge part of life. We wouldn’t be able to identify the positive side of life if we didn’t know what the negative side looked like. But when we look around the world today, we are faced with an overbearing amount of hatred and negativity in all aspects of life. People are constantly taking innocent lives, kids at school are feeling alienated and out casted, and people are cyberbullying complete strangers on the internet.
It’s overwhelming to think about the amount of negativity in our world right now. And while we may not be able to change the world, we can certainly change our attitudes toward the negativity in the world. I found a quote that embodies this idea completely, and I thought I’d share it with you all, because I think it definitely sums up exactly what I want to say in this post.
“When you can’t control what’s happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what’s happening. That’s where your power is!” – Unknown
A lot of people feel that by not taking part in the negativity that is happening around us, that that is enough. And while yes, it’s an amazing thing to stand your ground and not give in to the negativity that threatens to consume us, we can do so much more.
The best way to overcome negativity is by spreading positivity, and that can be done in a plethora of forms. I think one of the easiest and best ways to spread positivity is simply through talking to people. You can make such a huge difference in someone’s day or week through a great conversation. Now I’m not suggesting that you start walking up to strangers on the street and engage in long conversations, but rather, I’m suggesting that you engage in conversations with those around you on a daily basis such as the people at school or work. It’s all too common to walk into a workplace where everyone is focussed on their own thing and sit by themselves and don’t know anything about the person working beside them. But why not engage in conversation? Make those that feel out of place feel welcome instead.
Another great way to spread positivity is through your gestures and actions. Whenever I scroll through Facebook, I see people post videos of good deeds done by others, and I absolutely love watching them! It really does restore your faith in humanity when you see someone do a kind deed for a stranger no matter how small or how big.
While positivity can be spread through these small but very significant actions, it can also be spread on a much bigger scale by standing up against the negativity directly. Parents often teach their kids to stand up against bullies at school, but why don’t we as adults also do this? We can stand up against crime, against racism, against bullying by letting our voice be heard.
What I’m trying to get at here is that we all have the power to make a difference in the world through the way we respond to negativity. In a world that is so overcome with racism and hate, be the light that stands up for those being bullied or hurt.
I’ve always seen people as people first and foremost. We aren’t defined by our race, our skin colour, our religion, our gender, or our money. We are all equal and should be treated as such. So whenever we have a chance to remind someone that they are just as important or as special as anyone else, we should embrace that opportunity and spread the love.
I hope that this week you take the time to spread some positivity and some love to those around you.