Do Good, Not Bad

The songs will tell you time and again that “Christmas is the time to say ‘I love you’.” You’re supposed to “share the joy and laughter of the year.” Christmas is the greatest time of year, it’s the hap-happiest season of all. This wouldn’t be Ok ANY day of the year, but something about the timing so close to Christmas makes it even sicker.

Do you know what that means? I could be wrong, but I am pretty sure that it means CHECK YOUR ATTITUDES.

So what does THAT mean? It means: DON’T BREAK INTO PEOPLE’S CARS under the cloak of night because it’s mean and illegal and inconvenient and disturbing and frustrating and did I mention that it’s mean?

If there is one rule to live by, it’s the one where you don’t upset someone else’s happiness. If you think about it, that’s really a pretty good mantra to live by that covers just about every aspect of anything ever. Regardless of your bad days and foul moods, please just leave other people alone. Trust me, I know, life can get the better of you sometimes and you might not feel like doing a jig on a rooftop, but regardless of the “logic” (read: “Gee, I’m bored- let’s go steal stuff from people’s cars!”), if your actions may negatively affect another person’s day, please consider, re-consider and then re-consider one more time before you commit them.

So much negativity is perpetuated in this world because people don’t seem to exercise simple respect. It’s not a hard concept, but it’s one that seems to be the most esoteric of them all. Think about how many terrible days and rotten moods could be avoided if people just respected each other. You don’t have to know someone to respect them. You don’t even have to like them. Certainly, there are people who have proven that they don’t deserve this common courtesy, but they are by far the minority.

How about we start spreading good will and happiness instead of frustration and negativity?

Please, do me a favor (or maybe a couple of favors, I suppose…): obey the traffic laws, turn that frown upside-down, and KEEP YOUR HANDS TO YOURSELF. (For example, if it’s not your car, DON’T TOUCH IT!)

Some people have kindness in their hearts. They are the people who we idolize in our daily lives. They might not be the smartest people, or the richest people, but they are the ones who are glowing. They are happy with themselves and happy with their lives, not because of what they have around them, but because of what they have inside of them. They don’t need to judge and steal and belittle. For that reason alone, they make this world a better place. No one can be good all of the time, but it is certainly easier to be well-intentioned most of the time, than it is to be malicious.

Of course, all of this is just one lone blogger’s opinion (though I hope many more are of the same persuasion), but take it for what it’s worth.

Take home messages:

  • Do good. 
  • If you don’t do good, at the very least, don’t do bad.
  • Recognize kindness and spread it around.
  • Listen to the lyrics of Christmas songs. Sure, they’re kind of cheesy, but the sentiments are there for certain.


Yours Truly

Sad Day for 5ks & Coffee Beans

Hello again friends.

Today was a thoughtful day to say the least. Most of it was spent at work aside from a couple of hours this afternoon (story to follow). On the bright side, tomorrow is a new day with a new post and happier news. Today, however was a very sad day indeed. I spent my afternoon at a memorial service for a little boy. A little boy who was 100% boy and 100% love. He loved playing hide and seek and playing outside and digging for rocks and playing games with his brother. He was goofy and fun and loving. Unfortunately, a terrible accident cut his life many, many, many, many years short. I babysat for him many times and rocked him to sleep, read him stories, watched movies with him, played games with him and drew pictures for him. Countless times, I ushered him back to bed when the sneaky little boy climbed out of his crib in the middle of the night only to sit angelically in the corner of his room and play peacefully with his toy instruments. He was a wonderfully fun little boy with a winsome smile. He loved firetrucks, footballs and ketchup. Thinking of his lovely family makes me endlessly sad and I know their lives will never, ever be the same, but I’ll think of him everyday and he will certainly be missed.

By the time I finally made it back home tonight, I wasn’t much in to doing anything I had planned so unfortunately, there isn’t much else to update you on for today! Please do come back tomorrow for your conventional 5ks and Coffee Beans post. So sorry for the super downer post, but ignoring it just wouldn’t be right.

We will talk again tomorrow. Thanks for reading!