Or … welcome to LaLa Land. I am a realist, believe it or not. But tucked away in my brain is my own world. My blog is part of that world. I invite people to sit on the porch, to visit the nishikigoi pond, to come by for fried chicken and lemonade or when the magnolias are in bloom, to help themselves to the blooms. In turn, I’ve had visitors to the blog talk about camping out and being sure to leave it spic and span behind themselves. Zooey the cat visits, Walter the black lab is also a regular and courteous visitor.
Sometimes though, the real world is just too much. I have to leave and go into a world where thee is no one shooting children, torturing animals, starving the elderly. In my world, there is no domestic violence, women are not circumcised so they can feel no sexual pressure nor are they tortured for learning to read or daring to have an opinion. No one goes hungry, all have a place to sleep, eat, and be safe. The past few days I HAVE JUST FREAKING HAD ENOUGH. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.
But I also realize, if I stay in that perfect world, I won’t be out in the real world trying to make a difference. I can’t count on everyone else to do my part. So I made a resolve today – I would light a candle against the darkness, I would spread kindness instead of hurt. I would do good instead of evil.
There is a movement on Facebook to do random acts of kindness. Yes, I know….blahbah, warm fuzzy, silly stupid stuff to a lot of people. Personally, I think we are better than that. I paid the toll this morning for the guy behind me and asked the toll taker to tell him Merry Christmas. At McDonald’s I bought the breakfast of a man in the Army, on his way to his day’s duties at Ft. Lee. My husband, even when he was unemployed and money was so very tight, would buy the lunch of a service person. I always found money in the budget to make up for it. Say thank you to a service person, or EMT, or firefighter, or a cop.
Smile back at the child in the seat of the grocery basket in front of you. Hold the door for someone. Let the car in front of you in line from the on ramp. Buy a cheap bouquet of flowers and hand them out to people you ride one the elevator with everyday. Tell someone how much you appreciate them. Say I love you twice to your spouse as you go out the door. Buy some $5 gas cards and hand out randomly to cars parked around you. Volunteer at the local Veteran or Children’s Hospital. Help out at the local food bank.
DO SOME GOOD. Make someone smile. Slow down and smell the rain in the air. Watch the sunset. Savor life. It is all too short. Kindness is in short supply. Let’s make it more available to everyone.
In the meantime, I’m going to cruise around in my Klingon battle cruiser and see if I can keep that skinny dog on the side of the road from starving – help him get to a shelter and be warm. Stop to offer help to that woman with a flat tire. I’m going to load up my battle cruiser with some toys and drop off at the closest Toys for Tots drop off station.
I think LaLa Land might just be achievable after all. I need your help though. Who’s with me?