Today, that thing I’ve known could happen, that thing I’ve seen other people post about, it happened to me. A negative IG message. Sigh. Here is the thing though, it wasn’t something directed at my decor choices. While I firmly believe in every momma’s golden rule: if you don’t have anything nice to say... opinions I can handle. A not so nice comment about doilies or shiplap- off the back. No biggie. But, that’s not what this was. It was personal. It attacked me. My heart. My beliefs. And, as much as I hate to admit it, it stole some of my joy today. This place where I’ve only felt love was violated by hate. I wanted to be angry, but I was sad. So heart wrenchingly sad.
The sadness was confusing though. It was just words. But, that’s the thing isn’t it? Words have the power to heal, to spread goodness; but, they can also be weapons. And, that, I suppose, is why I was so sad. Not because they were used that way against me, but because someone felt the desire to use them that way at all. I wasn’t sad for me. I was sad for her. Sad at the reminder that so many people feel compelled to tear other people down. Sad that we’ve lost sight of the fact that disagreement can exist without hate. Differences can reside without conflict. And, there is no mutual exclusivity between kindness and contest. Each of these things can co-exist. Love does not require concurrence. .
“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:34-35
Whether we have the same decor style, parenting style, or lifestyle. Whether we like the same music, food, or baseball team. Whether we live on the same coast, in the same kind of neighborhood, or with the same beliefs. Know that I have so much love for you friends. ️
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