Happy Monday lovelies! For our last Monday in February – our month to show and share our love, I really want to go a little further afield. Outside the home, outside our country and across the globe. Don’t stop reading just yet – I’m not proposing a movement or a mass love in, just a little tolerance.
Here’s the good news: peoples attitudes to diversity are slowly changing. Whether you’re championing your own cause, such as disability or special needs, or another more personal to yourself, it is a rare person that doesn’t have a ’cause’ that’s close to their hearts for one reason or another, and that’s great! I have things I’m really passionate about, and so do many people that I hold in very high regard.
I’m a lover not a fighter: this is true for me, and for alot of people who also fall into the last category; those who have a cause that they fight for. More than a cheesy chat up line, the aforementioned phrase embodies a set of ideals. Make love not war? Ok, so we’re still a little ‘adult’ in the phraseology here, but the era that spawned such catchphrases really was the start of something wonderful in our country and around the world. Nearly 50 years later, we’ve come a long way – but not nearly far enough. There is still so much hate in the world, and much of it we can do little about. We can’t do alot for the people suffering fear and persecution around the world. We can fight, in that we can campaign and spread awareness, which are innately positive actions that often appear overtly hostile. In my eyes, this is the best way to fight. how about the best way to love.
Live and Let Live
How about it? If we turn the focus back to ourselves, the only people in this world who we can truly ever hope to change, imagine the possibilities. If we are living in a way that hurts no one, and we are being judged, that is unfortunate, but it is the way the world is right now. We judge people for the car they drive, the way they dress, the money they do or do not earn, before we even consider hot topics such as race, gender and sexuality (and for today – we won’t). I do it myself. That flash lad in the red car, that snooty fellow with the big wallet (yes, I am an inverted snob of a fashion -something which I am working on).
To the main point. How can what we do or do not do and say impact others in a positive way? How long is a piece of string? If a person who regularly verbalises distaste of others in society keeps their opionions to themselves – that is progress. If the girl who walks with her head down looks up and says Good Morning – that is progress. If the man who is cooking for his family and delivers a hot meal to the elderly couple next door – that is progress.
In my personal life I do not strive to be the best, but I wake up every day with the will to do better, and for me that brings peace of mind and fosters a spirit of sustained growth, something which is said to be vital for personal wellbeing. To finish on another cliche, which sounds trite but is nonetheless very true – we cannot love others until we love ourselves. More than hearts and flowers, as nice as they are, I hope that February reminds people how important love is, for ourselves, for each other, and for the world we live in – as it’s the great people in our great nation that really do make it Great Britian.
Thank you for reading