Monday, December 10, 2012

Stop

There are people who wake up every day and give their time and energy to things that upset them. They focus on pundits they can't stand, on politics that make them angry, and reading websites and opinions that fuel their head shakes and rage. They post photos of war and mistreatment and violence. They hoist flags of separation and distrust. These people are suffering, and they gave themselves the cause. You can have sympathy for them, but don't dare offer them any attention or validation. It's like handing a shot of whiskey to an alcoholic. It is an unkindness of the worst sort to perpetuate a disease.

I can not imagine choosing to make yourself angry. I can't imagine abusing myself that way. Value yourself and your practices and instead of pacing at cage bars and snarling, support and rally behind what you believe in. Give your attention and love to the causes and cures that make this world better. Be a force for positivity and you will be amazed at the life that surrounds you because of that choice. Do not waste a minute on the things that bring you down or offend you. You're wasting everyone's precious time. Most of all, your own.

We are defined by the decisions we make.

21 Comments:

Blogger Beverly Miller said...

Thank you for this wonderful post. I often find myself pacing the cage, as you put it, and making myself unhappy instead of changing my thinking to a more positive angle. Great post!

December 10, 2012 at 12:44 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

thank you thank you thank you !!!!

Denise in TN

December 10, 2012 at 1:05 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Well said!

December 10, 2012 at 1:13 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

I loved this post! You articulated everything I've been thinking lately about several dear but annoying Facebook friends ;)

December 10, 2012 at 1:42 PM  
Blogger PansWife said...

Your lovely post made me think of this:

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

December 10, 2012 at 2:06 PM  
Blogger redhorse said...

Has there been another stalker/troll?

December 10, 2012 at 2:47 PM  
Blogger Eileen Hileman said...

You hit the nail on the head Jenna.Great post. We made the decision to ban "talking head" newscasters of any persuasion in this house. we're a lot happier.

December 10, 2012 at 3:23 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

I agree wholeheartedly. My husband watches the political pundits every night and then rants about it. I just keep telling him to turn off the stupid box and do something better with his time. One of these days I hope he will.

Well said!

Carol Bailey

December 10, 2012 at 3:36 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Same here! Thank you Jenna

December 10, 2012 at 3:49 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

Amen,sister, Amen.

December 10, 2012 at 5:56 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

Amen,sister, Amen.

December 10, 2012 at 5:57 PM  
Blogger melody_cir said...

Ah yes, Jenna- truth is truth. I have a dear friend who is no longer American, but now is a Canadian, and continues to bitch and complain about US politics on Facebook. I don't argue with her, I just ignore them. Finally I told her that we'll just have to agree to disagree, without getting into it with her. You get what you get, as you also said. I have too much stuff I want to do, to try, to think about, to let my brain get messed up with bad news and such. I admire your straight thinking.

December 10, 2012 at 7:57 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Wonderfully said! Thanks for putting yourself out there & shining your light.

December 10, 2012 at 9:14 PM  
Blogger kwdiving said...

Its odd to me how people caught up in that way of angry life are so reluctant to change it. I know quite a few of them, sadly. To them it has become normal. I cant stand it. Makes me want to run off and live in the country! Lol

December 11, 2012 at 7:29 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

I printed and posted this right beside my monitor at work...your words are a great reminder for those days when we forget to focus on all the positives in the world! Thanks!

December 11, 2012 at 11:58 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

I printed and posted this right beside my monitor at work...your words are a great reminder for those days when we forget to focus on all the positives in the world! Thanks!

December 11, 2012 at 11:58 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

I printed and posted this right beside my monitor at work...your words are a great reminder for those days when we forget to focus on all the positives in the world! Thanks!

December 11, 2012 at 11:58 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This post spoke to my heart. Thank you

December 13, 2012 at 11:40 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This post spoke to my heart. Thank you

December 13, 2012 at 11:44 PM  
Blogger Emily K said...

Hi Jenna,

I first got your book Made From Scratch on a whim last summer and I've been catching up on your blog on and off since then. So I know I'm about seven months late on this comment, but this post really made me think of one of my favorite poems. Do you know Taylor Mali? He's a brilliant ex-teacher-now-slam-poet. Check out his poem Silver-Lined Heart from his album Conviction. I think it'll be right up your alley.

Cheers!
Emily

June 17, 2013 at 8:25 AM  
Blogger Emily K said...

Hi Jenna,

I first got your book Made From Scratch on a whim last summer and I've been catching up on your blog on and off since then. So I know I'm about seven months late on this comment, but this post really made me think of one of my favorite poems. Do you know Taylor Mali? He's a brilliant ex-teacher-now-slam-poet. Check out his poem Silver-Lined Heart from his album Conviction. I think it'll be right up your alley.

Cheers!
Emily

June 17, 2013 at 8:25 AM  

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