COLUMN: What’s on your mind?
This simple four-word question is one many of us see daily, at least those who use Facebook. It taunts us every time we load our page to create a post with “what’s on your mind?”
There are so many times when what is happening in the world just overwhelms my mind, heart, and soul. Wars created for the pure reason of greed and tyranny. Innocent lives lost for no reason, but to boost the ego of a warmonger. Or hearing how some person walked into a school or business and just shot random people because he wanted to do it. Innocent lives lost for no reason, but for the pleasure of a sadist mind.
Truth. These are the days when I am overwhelmed that I look for cute animal pictures online and lose myself for an hour in cuteness. Unfortunately, this does nothing but to distract me for a time. It solves nothing. I know I am not alone in this journey of dealing with what is happening in the world and how humanity has become a population of hopelessness to deal with despair, loss and grief. What can we do to make it into one of hope, love and peace?
You know, I can’t count the number of times, I have muttered to myself, “not today, facebook, because what’s on my mind is not good. I’d rather just work it out on my own without others adding their caustic rhetoric which creates a long string of posts bordering on hatred.”
Which is why I do not post controversial topics any longer but those of love, justice, and positiveness. I prefer to open my bible and read, take long walks in God’s beautiful creation, or snuggle in with my pup.
On days like this, I am reminded of what Jesus told the disciples in Matthew 22: 36-39, which says after they ask a very important question:
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
We need to open our ears more, and our mouths less when actively listening to others and what their needs are. We need to love more, not for what we can get out of it, or to show others what great people we are, because God truly knows what is in our hearts. Most of all, we need to be patient, kind and be more like Jesus and the lessons he taught his disciples.
So, when you are taunted by “what is on your mind,” there is nothing wrong with saying, not today. It’s okay to reach out to others and just place kindness out in the world. In this world it is a rare and beautiful commodity. It also costs you nothing.
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