My heart is heavy and I am saddened as I write this blog. Sometimes blogging material comes easily and quickly, other times I have to coax it out of nowhere or dig it out of bedrock. This week I had lots of things I wanted to blog about, but my spirit kept taking a beating and I didn’t have the emotional strength to post those things. I generally try to avoid controversy and I always try to take the high road. So, I guess that’s what I’ve decided to do by tackling more important issues – self-worth and ignoring haters.
You see, people can be mean. Even people we know, love, trust, can be hurtful. Some people are just naturally jealous or petty or hateful for some deep-seated reason I don’t care to delve into. I try to avoid those people. I don’t like being around or associating with downers. Haters wreak havoc on positive-minded individuals and it’s a struggle to stay strong and focused and ignore the bad stuff. But sometimes, it affects me because I don’t understand why haters have to hate. We can disagree without being hateful.
The passing of the baton to a new commander-in-chief has once again created turmoil in our country. It saddened me on inauguration day to see such utter disrespect for fellow humans in the form of violence, rioting, ugly name-calling, etc. It hurts my heart. It dampens my spirit. Yes, somebody “won” and somebody “lost,” and some will rejoice while others wail. But nobody has the right to willfully destroy someone else’s dream. It saddens and sickens me to see this kind of disrespect.
I was personally attacked on a social media site recently for expressing my opinion. Here’s something to think about people, opinions are neither right nor wrong, they are opinions. Vicious verbal flogging is pointless because there is no right or wrong answer. The figurative “you” are not a better person than I am because your opinion varies from mine.
Anyway, enough about that. My mission this week is to provide a positive safe place for people to find a positive inspirational message about ignoring haters and bettering themselves in the process. The following video (warning – explicit strong language – some people may be offended by some language in this video) struck a chord with me. It’s kind of long, but it’s right on point for a lot of reasons.
What I took away from this video: 1 – Always show up; 2 – Always conduct yourself with confidence and class even if that makes you a weirdo; 3 – Assign yourself a value; 4 – If you want it, go get it (in a non-violent way); 4 – Activate the beast within (in a positive way to affect positive change). These take-aways are for overall feel-good motivation.
And #5 – the most important one for any writer who’s ever received a rejection letter – don’t ever give up. Even if you’re the only person who can see the invisible possibility in your dream, never lose site of that vision. Prove the nay-sayers (and haters) wrong.
What do you think readers, does social and/or mainstream media get you down? Do you argue the opinions of others – and I don’t mean in jest, like I argue Coleen’s opinions about cat ownership – I mean do you ask for someone’s opinion then tell them they’re wrong? How do you defend yourself when you’re verbally attacked?
Thanks for indulging me this week. I appreciate all of you my loyal followers and I understand that our opinions may differ, but here at the Edge of Eternity, all opinions are welcome as long as they are respectful.
Word of the Day: Wadcutter
Fun fact about me: I’m not nearly as sarcastic as I used to be.
Original post by Jansen Schmidt, January 2017. Video courtesy YouTube (Mulligan Brothers – Motivation). Photos courtesy Google Images.