I was shocked a week and a half ago. The picture of a protestor yelling at a police man at the State Capitol in Michigan. Claiming that his rights were being violated, the protestor demanded that Michigan open up and Michigan governor, Gretchen Whitmer resign. In his face the one bearded protestor shows hate, distain, and uncompromising vitriol.
That man, and many of his ilk seem driven to upset the present world with violence. They foster division, incite hatred, and inspire more violence. They are concerned about their own agenda. They don't care who they hurt. They seem to thrive on the vehement protests that greet them everywhere that they congregate.
Anger is a necessary evil in the world. I do get angry from time to time. However, I don't like anger. I don't like the tension it causes. I hate how it has the power to separate you from me. I take no joy in making others angry. I dislike it when others make me cross. To incite rage, like that protestor in Michigan does seems to me to be the worst of all worlds. Anger begets more anger.
Jennifer Dukes Lee is attributed as the author of this commonly used quote: "In a world when you can be anything, be kind." I like this quote. I try to be kind to all that I meet. With some people that is a bit of a chore. However, I find most of that when I am kind to others, others are kind to me. I smile, and others smile back. If I encourage others, others will encourage me. Riling others up only makes me more riled up. Instead lets plant the seeds of kindness, care, and support. May they blossom wherever we go.