She had an opinion on how you should live-and did not mind sharing it.
I do remember one piece of sage advice she gave me as a very young child~
One of the most wearying things about this pandemic is all the vitriol being spewed back and forth. It has absolutely strangled all the good that is being done in our world. A neighbor and I, in passing on our daily walks, recently commented about the constant barrage of negative press--from both sides! NO ONE has a corner on this market. The tension of the world today and the access to social media has been a volatile combination to feed the fire of not just negativity, but outright loss of decency toward one another. The greatest commandment to love one another has flown out the door and been replaced by love those who are like me.
We have people physically attacking each other over the right to wear or not wear a mask. What would cause ANYONE to slap someone or tear down a display because they didn't want to wear a mask? And it goes both ways, the mask wearers do not stop to consider there may be a medical reason someone cannot wear a mask, they immediately react negatively and go on the attack instead of just backing away and keeping distance from the non-wearer. We have gone over the edge of reason and fallen into the abyss of personal freedoms. There is no end to the argument as long as we looking at our own navel. When looking at videos to post recounting these incidences, they were so disturbing--I chose not to go there.
WHAT IF???? What -if instead of pointing out all the downfalls of each other, we began instead to either point to the positives of the ones we support and the ideals we believe in? What if -we tried to sway the opinions of others with the positives and NOT the negatives? One of my mantras in life is I do not argue politics or religion. You CANNOT change anyone's mind by arguing. They immediately go on the defense and instead of listening to what you have to say begin to form their attack upon what they have predetermined as your wrong. If we would listen to one another, stay out of the attack stance, and agree to think over what the other has said, how much better the world would be.
I am weary. I am burdened by what I see happening in the world. I am saddened to think of my grandchildren missing out on the wonderful world I grew up in.
NOW--you may not agree. That is your right! Would you please do me the favor of stating your disagreement not in an attack fashion, but instead calmly state your view. I am open to listening, if you say it nicely.
29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.