This goes out to my family, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr. Although it isn’t a habit of mine to publish extremely long posts, this one hits close to home. So please bear with me.
Life isn’t easy. Everyone goes through hard times on more than one occasion in their life. It is during those moments when a person either breaks down or gets stronger. That’s why the people who project strength are often the most sensitive. Another fact we have to live with is how unfair life can be. This little nugget of reality is the source of some of life’s cruelest ironies; The kindest people are often the ones who are maltreated. The most caring people are often the ones who are neglected and yearn for caring the most. The saddest and loneliest people who are hurting inside are the ones who have the biggest smile on their faces and effortlessly make others feel happy (RIP Robin Williams). It is also very unfortunate that the 3 most powerful statements a person could say are also often times the hardest to utter: “I love you.” “I’m sorry.” and “I need help.”
We often neglect to consider how powerful a smile can be. It can mask the pain a person is going through. And it can, more importantly, ease all the hurt in the world. So TRY to be nice to others. I emphasized the word “try” because I know it can be hard to be nice to some people who, in our personal opinion, don’t deserve it. I, for one, am sure I won’t be able to apply this advice to some individuals I know. But I do pledge to TRY my darned hardest. We can never be certain about the reasons why these people are the way they are. And you’ll be surprised how far a simple act of kindness can go.
To all my friends who are going through some rough times in their life right now. Especially those who think they’ve hit rock bottom (again). Let’s start an “Intention Avalanche.” Everybody needs positive intentions right now. So I’m asking my family, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances, wherever you may be, to kindly copy & paste or share this post within the day to support all those who are going through family problems, health issues, financial struggles, unemployment, persecution, injustice, discrimination, hunger, depression, loneliness, and worries of any kind. Let’s make them aware that somebody does care. Feel free to add or make some changes to this article to make it more powerful or insightful (I know I did).
I’m hoping to see this on your walls and/or tweets soon. I did this for a friend and so can you. PEACE! ✌️
Genie, I'm...I'm gonna miss you.
R.I.P. Robin Williams (July 21, 1951 - August 11, 2014)
Hangin’ Out with Joe (at Ayala Museum)