July Use Your Words

Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them.
Until now.
At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them. 
My words are:: blanket ~ heat ~ hurt ~ leaves ~ hear ~ seem
They were submitted by, the one, the only, the hostess with the mostess Miss Karen from http://Bakinginatornado.com

Lately it seems this world is on fire.
The heat from the palpable pain and hurt is strong enough to burn the compassion right out of our souls. It seems, as every day passes, that when we flip on the news, go on social media, listen to the radio, we see or hear of more atrocities committed in a more vicious way. It leaves us stunned at first....then it just settles into the recesses of our hearts and souls, resonates with sigh as we mutter with a jaded and broken heart, "Again?". 
Times like these, when are hearts are heavy and our minds are weighed down with an inconceivable amount of confusion, leave us wondering what kind of future we are leaving to our children and grandchildren. This world, seemingly has spun just fine on for many years on uncertainty and savagery, so why now does this seem so heartbreaking?
Well, shocker, it has always been heartbreaking, we are just becoming sick of it because we know we can be better than this. How the hell do we fix this? How do we fix this world that is being torn apart at the seams with bigotry, hatred and ignorance? How do we do so without putting ourselves in jeopardy while truly making a change?
I wish I could tell you. I wish I could say some simple sweet words and make everything better. But I can't. Mass shootings, trucks plowing into crowds, bombs, genocides, ignorance, social injustices are not simply fixed by a, 'Let's all be nice to each other' plea. I wish it was, so badly do I wish it was fixed by throwing all the good vibes into the universe...but alas it is not. So what can we do?
We can decide to not pull the blanket over our heads when we are scared. We can decide not to shove our heads in the sand. We can choose to not become jaded but angered instead. We can speak up. We can choose to start a meaningful conversation. We can choose to plant peace and love and not perpetuate the circle of violence by throwing around insults, ignorance and insanity.
We can realize we are all human and deserve to be treated as such. We can love one another and we can call others out on their bullshit when they are being wankers and spewing hate and vitriol at different communities, groups or populations. Accepting the hate and violence as a norm is contributing to the ugly cycle we fear is being left for our future generations.
Break the chain.
By choosing to take the littlest, kindest, possibly dorkiest step of your life, you can help bring about change by bringing love into this world. By choosing to bring kindness and love into the world it helps to battle the apathy and anger. By choosing to stand up to ignorance and challenge archaic and asinine thinking, it helps by putting out a new perspective...even if only to one person. Be a helper. Be a weirdo. Be someone who is not afraid to act like a fool in the face of fear in an attempt to leave this world a better place for those we love. Maybe it won't matter. Maybe people will think you are crazy for being kind to strangers or reaching out to those who are hurting and lashing out in the worst ways possible. Maybe it will do nothing in the end. But it's got to be better than simply letting hatred win.

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:
Baking In A Tornado                        http://www.bakinginatornado.com
Southern Belle Charm                    http://www.southernbellecharm.com                       
Not That Sarah Michelle                 http://notthatsarahmichelle.blogspot.com                   
Spatulas on Parade                       http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com                        
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy            http://dinoheromommy.com/   
My Brain on Kids                           http://mybrainonkids.net
The Bergham Chronicles                  http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com
Never Ever Give Up Hope                http://batteredhope.blogspot.com
Confessions of a part time working mom     http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/   
The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver     http://www.thediaryofanalzheimerscaregiver.com/blog.html 
Molly Ritterbeck                              http://mollyritterbeck.com/   
Juicebox Confession                         http://juiceboxconfession.com/
Climaxed                                         http://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com     
When I Grow Up                             http://kimberlyyavorski.com/whenigrowup/    
Sparkly Poetic Weirdo                      http://sparklyjenn.blogspot.com/    
 On the Border                                 http://dlt-lifeontheranch.blogspot.com/                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          


  1. So true, Jenn. Leaps and bounds are great, but baby steps forward are still a move in the right direction.

  2. A friend's 7yo keeps asking "why do people do stuff like this? Can't we give terrorists a country, and they all go live there?"
    As hard as I try not to let violent attacks affect me, and I'm not a news junkie, sometimes I do want to disappear underneath that blanket.
    But yeah, sure, for what it's worth, I'll keep being kind and helpful!

  3. I'm such a realist that I will not hide my head but always find a way to make the best of any situation. I also am a firm believer in finding ways to give happiness to someone every single day to brighten their life and love doing it especially without them knowing who it was.

  4. "A drop at a time fills the bucket". Something as smiling at a stranger can make a difference. I believe that. If I didn't, I would have to hide my head under the blankets. It may not change things, but it's a start.

  5. I keep telling myself that I can make a difference, that standing up to injustice will eventually result in goodness winning out. Some days it is tough to believe, but the alternative is much too depressing.

  6. Break the chain. Be the helper. Such sweet, simple, GOOD advice!

  7. I am a huge believer of Karma. I only put good into the world and if more people would see that it benefits everyone it would be a better world. There is so much that needs to be done, but we haven't even started doing it. Gun control, mental health reform, more training of our police officers, better opportunities for our minorities, gender equality, and equal rights for everyone. Until we begin to act on these problems it will only get worse I'm afraid.


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