Life is definitely full of complex things! Things that boggle our minds and strain our brains as we try to deal with them. Things we can’t avoid, BUT sometimes we make things more complicated then we have to as well.
For instance, there may be a shorter route to a destination then the one I take. Why do I not take the shorter, less complicated one? That has an easy answer, I am directionally challenged and when I learn a way to reach a destination I stay that way! I don’t want to hear about other ways to get there, for most likely that will just confuse me and actually may make things more complicated!
Have you ever asked anyone a simple question? One that really just requires a Yes or No answer, or at most just a few words. The answer you receive though is much different, the person may launch into a description about baking cakes or flying pigs. By the time they get done you are even more bewildered than you were when you asked the question! You ask something about numbers. You see it as an innocent, easy question. In response you get a detailed description of the game Cricket, for in some roundabout way that has something to do with numbers? By this time you are beginning to believe that you may be more likely to see a flying pig than to get a straight answer.:)
But this post really isn’t about either of these lighthearted ways that we make things complex. It is more about the first 2 news stories that I read on my news feed. I shake my head about how we seem to make it so complicated anymore about being nice to each other.
The first one was a story from the Olympics. There were people giving a man who had won medals for the USA a hard time. Tweeting him mean messages, etc. Why you ask? What bad thing did he do? He was seen and heard rooting for his wife, also an Olympian. I know, how dare he right? Here is the problem……She is a Canadian!! Yes, A US athlete was rooting for a Canadian, imagine that! And yes as sad as it is to say people were getting all mad about it. I mean really the audacity for a husband to root for his wife during the Olympics?? And we wonder why Canadians make jokes about us Americans! Yes, being friends with Canadians I have heard the jokes, and have to say that some of them do make sense. Then again Canada is the land of forever snow and where everyone knows everyone 🙂
The second news story was a sadder one, for it portrayed how people can be mean as well, but the meaness was directed towards a 13 year old boy. It just breaks my heart to hear of kids being bullied! And that is what these 2 stories have in common. Why have we made the simple act of kindness so complicated! Why is it so hard for us to be nice to each other. No you don’t have to be best friends with this boy, but you don’t have to bully him either! You don’t like that someone is rooting for another team, fine, but do you have to lash out at them?? Do you need to make sure that they know you don’t like what they have the total freedom to do? You don’t like their choice?
We all need to go back to the basics, and treat everyone as we would like to be treated. Be respectful and kind! There are A LOT of complicated situations in this world, but being respectful and being kind should not be one of them!