So the entire day today there was a thought in the back of many of our minds that the end of the world was to take place at 6 p.m. I actually commented to my husband that if that were true (which I didn't believe for a second) I'm ok with it, I shaved my legs today.
These silly predictions are among the reasons I avoid watching the news sometimes. I find it extremely depressing at times and sometimes it's scary and discouraging. I think there is too much focus on what is wrong with the world and not enough focus on the many things we are blessed with every day (for me it would be the sun shining for the past two days after a very rainy week.)
I do my best to stay clear of topics and people (quite frankly) that I find "toxic." I agreed to write a blog mainly for two reasons. One was with the sincerest hope that maybe I could make someone smile who was otherwise having a not so good day. And two, to evoke thought and conversation about topics that we are otherwise not comfortable bringing up on our own (i.e. marriage equality).
No one should ever feel insulted, angry or sad after reading anything that I post. I assure you everything I write about comes from a good place. I believe there are ways to say what you are feeling or thinking without causing insult or injury. Delivery is everything. I also believe somethings are better left unsaid (a hard lesson, after some bouts of verbal diarrhea in my early years!)
I don't like to generalize, I think it's dangerous and unfair, and I try to avoid having a strong opinion about things because I feel there are many sides to everything (although truth be told, I have been called opinionated a time or two in my past, I'm not gonna to lie, but I'm working on it and not to toot my own horn (beep beep!) I've gotten much better!)
Edith Wharton said "There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it" and that is exactly what I intend to do and challenge you to do the same. There's enough hostility in the world.