Hate, pride, vengeance, and fear are the plague of the earth. Love, kindness, compassion, empathy and service to others are the cure.
– Chester Bennington
From the bottom of my heart to the depths of my soul I wish no one had to feel pain. I wish that everyone could wake up with joy in their hearts and sleep with happiness coursing through their veins. The world we live in is corrupt, dark, and strikes fear in most all of us. What’s so profound in that is the world isn’t to blame the humans inhabiting it are. Media, news, and websites have conditioned people to overlook love, kindness, compassion, and empathy in favor of right now and for now. That’s (part of) the reason that quote is up there. Here you have a man who helped so many of us return to the version of ourselves who could feel, and…
I won’t go there. I will say this last thing…
Be there for each other to the best of your ability, but understand and respect the fact that some things are bigger than you, than us, than the people around you. If you know someone who left you physically because they were too overwhelmed, don’t blame them. Don’t say they were cowardly. Don’t be mad – for too long. We all feel differently; remember that. Even if your story sounds like someone else’s, your feelings aren’t necessarily the same. Please try to acknowledge the positives, work at the negatives, and remind yourself that you are loved and your life has purpose. Focus on finding it. We’ve all got something to contribute, and you’re often closer to finding what that is than you think.