Let Me Interrupt You
This was not my intended blog post. But sometimes we have to interrupt our regularly scheduled program with real life.
My heart hurts as I read the news today about a young girl. This beautiful, 12-year-old girl with her whole life in front of her, committed suicide for the world to watch. For whatever reason, her "whole life in front of her" just wasn't worth it. She was hurting. She was looking for attention and help. She felt so alone that she ended it all on social media live stream with an audience.
It's sad that the things that connect us also bring along horrible results, the above mentioned is just one example. Social media is a fun spot most days. Hopefully, most of us use it for good. It's this incredible platform, people connector, a source of entertainment and more. But then things like this happen.
How is it with all her "friends" watching, nobody was there with her as she gave her final call for help? How many more guys and girls are calling for help? How many of your friends need an actual friend, not just a social media friend?
I'm somberly asking for you to take notice of those around you. Regardless of differences, political opinions, religion, social status, race, sexual orientation (I could go on and on) - please just love people. Be the good in the world. Be hope. Be a friend. Be an ear to listen (and not a mouth to gossip). Encourage people. Don't agree with or condone everything & everyone, because that's not what we're talking about here, but just love. It's not that hard to look past your own self & offer something to others. You never know... You may end up loving yourself a bit more by doing so.
I'm pleading with anyone who would read this to stop being self-focused. If we can stop focusing just on us, our opinions and preferences, maybe we would see more. Maybe we would see the girl being abused by a family member. Maybe not. But maybe we would at least see her (looking like she has it together), build a friendship and be that person for her to open up to.
I'm guilty of being too self-focused. I don't want to change my day/schedule/life to be inconvenienced. I want people to agree and be like-minded. I want people to hold the same convictions I have. But that's not reality or even ideal. We aren't all cookie-cutter people. So instead, hold to your beliefs, values and lifestyle while loving & caring for those around you. It's time for us to let our lives be interrupted.
Ways we can do this: Start talking to people. Go out of your way to do this. Have a generous heart and donate money when you can. If you know somebody needs help, don't ask or offer, just do it. Don't hold people's differences against them. Offer a smile to people you're passing by. Offer a hug to a friend. It will look different in each situation, these are just suggestions. But regardless, take time and be present. Let people interrupt you.