Choose Love

“Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved” (Thomas Monson). Wise words from a very wise man. Oh how this counsel is needed right now!!

Social Media and the world around us is filled with such hatred, disgust, unkind words, judgements, and ridicules.

I understand that these times right now are tricky because the election is coming up and people are entitled to their own opinions and have freedom of speech.

Everyone is so agitated and on edge about what the future might bring. In the midst of all of this, we, the people have forgotten how to be human.

We have forgotten how to love. We have forgotten how to use kind words. We have forgotten that a person’s vote does not define their whole person or personality. We have forgotten to love our neighbors, even if we do not agree with them.

It truly makes my heart sad to see what is happening to friendships and what is happening to our communities. Never has there been such a great division with no love at all in the equation. How sad I am to raise my daughter up in a world full of hate, disrespect and unkindness.

Is it naïve of me to think that we can have our different opinions and still get along? Is it wrong of me to believe in a human race that can still show love and kindness to one another even when we don’t agree?

In the bible, the greatest two commandments are based off of love. Love the Lord, thy God, with all of thy heart. And love thy neighbor as thyself.

I get it. Loving someone who we consider our enemy is not easy. It actually feels like quite the impossible. But like Monson said- a person to be loved is more important than a problem to be solved.

There are times in my life when I have been hurt by someone’s unkind words. Or when I have been agitated by someone’s personal decisions. It wasn’t easy for me to love them. Actually, it took me a long time to figure out how to love them.

But the love came. The love came because I was willing to take a step in their shoes. I felt love after I prayed for those people, even when I knew they were causing some waves in my nice, smooth ocean. I felt love after I stopped thinking about fixing the problem and started thinking about the good qualities that these people had. I thank my God for allowing me to see with clearer eyes and to understand with a more open heart.

If we really want to live in a better world, we have to BE the change we wish to see in the world.

I grew up singing a song that went like this: ” I want to be kind to everyone, for that is right, you see. So I say to myself, remember this, Kindness begins with me”.

Although this song is the simplest of songs, its words teach a powerful message. Kindness does begin with me! And it begins with you too!

Showing loving and kindness does not have to be some grand act. It can actually be quite simple.

Kindness is smiling to a stranger that you see at the store.

Kindness is helping someone in need.

Kindness is keeping our thoughts or unkind words in our head when we see a Trump or Biden supporter.

Kindness is not judging the person in the car next to us by the stickers they choose to place on their car.

Kindness is being a friend, even if you may not agree with someone’s ideas or principles.

May we all take a step back from the hatred, the unkind words, and the irrational judgements. May be look to others with love and kindness. May we remember that we are all human and no one is perfect, so lets just love one another.

In a world where we can be anything at all, may we choose to be KIND!!

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