I’m not one of those people who enjoys a political Facebook rant, mainly because I prefer to live in peace and harmony with everyone. That being said, I fully understand that we can’t all agree on everything.
We’re all unique. We come in different shapes, sizes, and colours. We come with different personalities and cultural traditions. And we come with different core beliefs that shape our entire outlook on life.
So how do we deal when we see one person tearing down another online because of these differences? More importantly, how do we teach our children to deal?
I believe the key here is kindness.
You know that saying walk a mile in someone else’s shoes? Yeah. That.
The fact is we don’t know everyone’s history. We don’t know what they’ve been through to get to where they are today. Without being in someone else’s head, we cannot fathom how they truly feel. Therefore, we must extend kindness.
We need to watch how we speak about those with whom we disagree – especially in front of our kids! Are we name-calling? Are we being condescending? Are we bullying? Are we treating others with respect? Or do we get so caught up in the heat of the moment that we speak words that could later haunt us?
I’m not saying we shouldn’t stand up for ourselves or proudly preach what we believe to be true. We need to raise a generation of kids who will do just that! But it’s how we teach them to go about it that will make or break our society.
Let’s teach our children to be strong, but to also have compassion. Let’s show them how to speak with courage, but also listen. Let’s remind them that actions speak louder than words and that they need to be the change they hope to see.
Yes, kindness. It is possible to care for someone and completely disagree with their outlook on life. If we do everything in love, we’ll be showing our children a way that could change the world.
One person at a time.
Carolyn Bechard is a wife and stay at home Mother currently residing in the Fraser Valley of Vancouver. A lover of travel and community, she hopes to inspire other parents to live their best lives through her site, momentsinmommyland.com.