By: Kate Krassowski, Regular Contributor
“Forgive yourself, you are not perfect. Show yourself grace; you are still learning. Show yourself patience, you are on a journey.”
There is so much wrong with the world these days. From the recent riots and shootings, to relationship betrayals and rape, where did we go wrong? As humans, we are wired to make mistakes and to hopefully learn from them, but the self-destruction part and intentionally hurting other human beings, I will never understand that.
I love the quote at the top, but I often find that I make it about more than just myself: “Forgive [each other], [we] are not perfect. Show [each other] grace; [we] are still learning. Show [each other] patience; [we] are on a journey.” I don’t know if I agree or disagree with the controversial riots that are going on right now, there are two sides to every story. But I do know how I think we should treat each other. As a whole we need to learn to forgive before we hold grudges, show grace before we grow hate in our hearts, and we need to be patient with each other, we are all on similar journeys.
I hate scrolling through my newsfeed to find another story of someone treating another human like they’re nothing. Every human came from somewhere, and whether they did something wrong or were wronged, they have friends and family who care about them. They used to be a little kid with hopes and dreams. I know as we get older, the crimes get worse and the consequences harsher, but for those who are underserving of punishment, why don’t we look out for each other?
This goes for that big scary stuff in the news down to the girl in high school who gets made fun of and bullied every day. We try to protect little kids for as long as we can from growing up too fast. But why is it that as soon as we become adults, we don’t treat each other with the same kindness. I am so mad at the ignorance of some people and the lack of compassion. My heart is so full of sadness for those who live their life only looking out for themselves. Our lives are over in the blink of an eye, we only have this one shot to make an impact on the world. I know I want to be remembered for the kindness I showed others and how I helped to make other people’s lives better. Why are we fighting and resisting and beating each other down? We shouldn’t be burning cities down out of anger or for revenge. We should be showing compassion even in the most difficult of situations.
When it kills you to be kind, you’re kindness is killing them even more because you’re doing something they could never do. You’re being the change and that’s the greatest thing to be remembered for; that’s the greatest gift to any human.
Amazing things happen when we open our eyes to one another. Make an effort to see and engage with the people around you: share a smile with the check-out person, hold the door for someone, leave a friendly note for a coworker on their desk. Compassion counts and can change the world!
She moved to Los Angeles from Cleveland, OH after graduating with a B.A in Film Production from BGSU. She is passionate about speaking out against how women are viewed in the media and being part of changing it.