Kindness Journey – Day 15

As my Kindness Journey continues, I continue to realize how the world around me affects my progress. I observe what is going on in the world and I see a sense of perpetual outrage. We always seem to need something, or someone, to be outraged about.

The school shooting in Texas provides a horrible example. We all are disgusted and horrified at what happened, but our sorrow and compassion quickly turns into outrage. “How could this happen?”. “How could this happen again?”. “Who is to blame?”.

The anger leads to frustration, the frustration leads to stress, and stress prevents us from practicing Kindness and achieving Happiness. It almost seems like the world wants us to stay outraged.

We can do better. We must do better.

5 things I’m thankful for today.

  1. At last, the horrible truth starts to be revealed.
  2. Recognizing what is happening.
  3. Keeping my compassion intact.
  4. The rain we got.
  5. Friends.

Kindness Journey – Day 14

Time is a funny thing. When we are anxiously waiting for something we look forward to, time seems to stand still. However, when we dread something, time moves at the speed of light.

If given a choice, I prefer a slower pace of life. After my illness and near death almost 2 years ago, I don’t see any reason to rush anymore. I’ve learned to simplify my life and no longer try to rush things. I’ve always been a type B personality and now everything seems fine.

Modern life has enough complications without adding unnecessary stress to the mix. Being kind to myself gives me a new perspective on time and why the pace of life needed to be slowed down.

I have more inner peace than ever. I treasure each moment because I know how close I came to cashing in my chips. I am happy, and as I’m learning, Happiness is a huge step towards Kindness.

5 things I’m grateful for today:

  1. I am alive
  2. I still have my mental alertness (most of the time)
  3. I’m able to appreciate every day
  4. I have Hal and The Stooges in my life
  5. I know I am loved

Insanity

I’m having a hard time reacting to the world today. I see the responses to tragedy that we’ve seen so many time. The same calls for action, the same optimism that “this time it will be different “. All I see in my mind is youtube.com/watch?v=7TCV3tlTl…

Kindness Journey – Day 13

As I try to become a better writer, it is important that I recognize how important it is to read the writings of other people, and to appreciate the value that they give to me as I write. Some people amaze me by writing something interesting , informative, and entertaining every single day. Others demonstrate their mastery of language by writing poetry about everyday things and events. A few people offer keen insights on the issues of the day. I appreciate them all.

I hope that I am a better writer than when I started this blog many years ago. There have been periods when I didn’t write at all, and I wish now that I had. At times, this blog has served as a diary, as an outlet for my emotions over the cruelty and injustice of the world , and now it reflects my Journey to Kindness.

If someone ever took the time to read this blog from the very first post they would find a complicated and confused individual, but aren’t we all? I finally feel like my writing has a purpose, and that wouldn’t happen without reading and appreciating the writing of others.

Life can be lonely and cruel at times, but we’re never really alone. Someone has written about the same problem or crisis, and how they overcame it.

I love reading what others write. I hope that in the future, others will enjoy reading what I write as well.

Kindness Journey -Day 12

Emotions are difficult to control. We respond to events everyday without realizing it. Most of us learn to control our emotions, but at times we experience sone event or trauma that overwhelm us.

Emotions can be good or bad. Try to keep the experience without letting it overwhelm you. Never try to suppress emotion, only Vulcans can do that.

Kindness Journey – No more moments of silence

I saw a post-game interview with Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr from last night after the game in Dallas. Kerr was visibly upset over the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas yesterday afternoon. He said one thing that really made me think.

“We don’t need any more moments of silence “ to remember those innocent children who died needlessly. Silence is our enemy. Silence indicates consent to the status quo, and that is unacceptable. We have elected representatives who openly refuse to address the problem of gun violence in this country because they are afraid of losing votes.

We have elected officials who value votes and their own careers over the lives of innocent children. This isn’t right; in fact it is totally wrong. “Moments of silence” won’t bring any victims back. “Moments of silence” won’t affect the next mass murderer. “ Moments of silence “ won’t comfort the families of the victims.

Silence is not an option. Our voices must be heard if the cycle of violence is to ever stop. There is no solution that is out of bounds, no sacred ground that we cannot cross to solve this problem.

The only sacred ground we should honor is the ground where the victims of our indifference are buried. If we cannot do something, then we lose any moral authority we might have claimed.

NO MORE MOMENTS OF SILENCE