I have more than a few friends and students going through very challenging times right now. My heart breaks for them, and I want to remind each one of them to beware of negative self-talk, out of control rage, and self-pity.
We are human beings and our lives, while here, will always be a challenge. We need to embrace the Light as much as possible. Choose LOVE over fear, be present, and BREATHE. Reach always higher, lift yourself above the storm. Ask God for help. For my Athiest and agnostic friends - if you do not believe in a God who can help, then just strive to be your highest, most loving version of yourself. Meditate on this:
We are in a time of great change and upheaval. So many people are hurting and struggling. Have patience with others! Know most are doing their best and do not mean to hurt you! Forgive, if not for another, then for yourself.
I see on facebook how much time some of my friends spend in judging other people, posting political rants that only engender hate, or post mean, passive-aggresive statements that are meant to call someone out, but really don't. Its important to ALWAYS look inward first. Is it imperative to share your hurt or anger? If so, what is the most loving way you can do it? Can you speak directly without resorting to name-calling or hateful words?
Life is short.
Life is very, very short.
Don't miss the chance to extend your hand and heart to another if you can. The greatest gift you can give in this life is your unconditional love of another human being. If you hold a grudge or hate in your heart, you hurt only yourself.