I woke up this morning relatively sore from yesterday’s bumpy ride raking hay so I was a little slower to get out of bed. I rolled over to grab my phone to see if any important emails rolled in which led me to my Instagram account and eventually to Facebook. As I was scrolling through my newsfeed I immediately saw two very disturbing and hateful posts. Don’t misunderstand, these were not posts that were created by friends of mine, they were rather shared by my friends because they were shocked and outraged at them as well.
One post was a news story out of Paris showing acts of violence against native Parisians who were simply walking down the street, riding their bikes or getting out of their car. The second post was of a particular group from Facebook insinuating that people with tattoos beat their children and when you’re tattoo-less, you’re a better and happier person than those with tattoos; they believe there is a correlation between crime/hate/anger/violence and tattoos.
Reading it made me so sad; I’m so sad for the future if this is the way society is thinking and acting. I would hope these two incidents are part of a huge minority process but I really don’t know. If we all paid attention to how we can improve ourselves instead of how we can improve each other, we’d have a self-help/self-love epidemic (or hopefully pandemic) and instead of random acts of violence we’d be talking about random acts of kindness.
Because Canadian Thanksgiving is coming up on October 13 (and American Thanksgiving shortly afterwards on November 27) I decided to create a small challenge called the Give Thanks Thanksgiving Challenge. Every day until at least Canadian Thanksgiving (and well afterwards) I am challenging myself as well as all of YOU, my loyal and kind followers, to post a picture or status about why you are thankful or what you are thankful for that day.
Simply tag your photo #givethanks #thanksgivingchallenge and once it’s been posted to any of your social media accounts, you can tap the hashtag and it will open up all the posts that include that tag as well.
Read others thankful posts, take a minute to think of them and how they might affect you or how they have brightened that person’s day. Tag your friends in your posts, share the happy.
I am well aware that this is only a raindrop in the ocean but every little bit counts. Lets remember why this special time of year is happening and what is most important to us all. Let’s be the change we want to see in the world. Stop accepting the things we cannot change and start changing the things we cannot accept.
Love, PEACE, happiness, Kim.