I read about a Facebook post the other day- it went something like this:

I have no sympathy for ______________________ because they’re all_________________________.

You should never be making  a statement like this.  Ever.  This is not a fill in the blank that you should want to take part in.  No mad lib should ever contain a phrase like this.  Try it- add some words…because It doesn’t matter what you add- it only ends up with hate.

Respect.

Empathy.

You should be practicing these things every day, with every person you come in contact with.  Every person.

You should teach your children respect and empathy.  It doesn’t matter if you teach them anything else- as long as you teach them  to respect others and empathize with them.

If you ever make a statement like the one at the top, if you ever treat anyone with anything less than respect and empathy, you are part of the problem.

This isn’t political.  I don’t discuss politics.

But I do want to try to talk about a solution.  The solution begins and ends with respect and empathy.  Anything less is part of the problem.

I try my best to be as respectful and empathetic as possible to everyone I come in contact with.  It is not easy- but I try.  So today, just for today, try it.

And tomorrow I will return to romance, and how I got schooled about love…FYI you can teach an old dog new tricks.  And I’ll give you more organizing tips…..

Peace and love to you all.  Every single one of you.

53 thoughts on “My Personal PSA

  1. Important post! Research shows that reading fiction grows empathy. Makes perfect sense: you read about lives unlike your own and your heart tugs for them. It is telling that we are not a nation of readers anymore — at least not many that have the tenacity to read more than 140 characters (or whatever limit on expression social media dictates) — andthat so many love apps like SnapChat, which makes everything temporary. The best thing I can do is make sure my students are reading — every day. The best thing I ever did as a parent was read to my kids every day and then talk about what we read. Maybe we could start a campaign: Build empathy, read a book. Just a thought. 🙂

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    1. I totally agree with you about the lack of fiction being taught in Schools! Fiction is how I learned empathy, where I learned about people different than me. You’re right….we hVe to do something to get kids back to fiction. I understand the need for knowing how to read non fiction, but really….we’re trying to educate the whole person!!

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      1. Fwiw — we do a little non-fiction, mostly in the form of personal stories (because, uhm, empathy!) but we leave most of the non-fiction to History and Science. I love watching kids grapple with people and concepts that are unfamiliar, trying on someone else’s shoes in the safety of the pages of a book.

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      2. As far as I can tell, NYC really misread the Common Core and pushed it out too fast. I have a brother in Manhattan with two boys and we have different views of the same standards because of the differences in how NY and CA each deliver content. Sorry to hear it’s so much non fiction!

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    1. Barb and I were discussing things. It starts with fiction books. When you read, you learn about others not like yourself…you see that characterall have struggles and demons and stacked to overcome. You model the behavior and talk about it. If you see someone in a wheelchair, you say, that must have it’s challenges because they need to have elevators and ramps, and doors need to be larger and they face struggles to just accomplish “normal” things like brushing teeth. Someone not able to feel any empathy is a rabbit hole I’m not educated enough to discuss…

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  2. Dang it! I wanted to talk about politics. 🙂 Great post. I have always told my kids you should treat everyone with kindness and respect and things will work out. Things may not always be easy, but things will work out. Now, to practice what I preach.

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  3. This is so true! I think I may know exactly which statement you’re referring to, but I’m not sure if it involves an employee being fired? Great reminder though and people need to think before they speak. This reminds me of my grandfather’s lesson that if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. Thanks for sharing it… ❤

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    1. Yes! That’s the one, and the employee got fired, and what’s really horrific for me is that I’ve met her! She actually introduced my husbands best friend to his wife!! I was so incensed by that statement…it doesn’t matter where your politics stand! It was disgraceful to even think that for a second!

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  4. Sorry – I can’t put any words in either of those blanks, because there’s nothing that I can’t imagine myself offering a bit of sympathy for in the right situation.

    Blanket statements such as these really do highlight the arrogance inherent in the human race.

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  5. I often think about how I have no tolerance for intolerance. Very ironic yet somehow completely true. Of course I agree with you 1000%, but I doubt that I execute my convictions with the same grace that you show. Lovely post my beautiful friend. ❤️

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  6. It always amazing to me how people who consider themselves caring and loving people will make an exception for whatever group of people they think are horrible. Hate is hate, period. Until we can recognize that no one deserves to be hated, we will never more forward. Excellent post!

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