My Thoughts 

As I reflect on the Summer I have nothing but gratitude for the time I have had with family and friends, places I have seen, people I have met and most of all the love that exists in the world.  I know there is an element of evil out there as well.  What happened in Virginia yesterday is evidence of the ugliness and hate that can lash out.  I think we most often find the thing we seek in this world.  We tend to find the best or worst out there depending on us.  I cannot guarantee evil may never strike at us, but I believe we have given ourselves the greatest shelter we can by not seeking it out.  Not a single person would have been harmed yesterday if they had not been there.  There would have been no protests had ignorant people not been demanding statues be removed.  It all begins with hate and intolerance.  We as a people should focus our energy on things more meaningful.  Service, time with loved ones, yard work, the beach, mountains, sand dunes, or hundreds of other activities.  Until we reject hate absolutely this is society.  

Here are three ways you can protect yourself and those you care about.  1. Be tolerant of others.  Being tolerant does not necessarily mean you agree, but an attitude of tolerance does bring greater patience and understanding.  We live in a world of diverse ideas, cultures and people.  Diversity is and can be beautiful.  The truth is we have more in common than our differences.  When we actually seek to understand what is important to each other it is amazing how easy it is to find solutions.  2. Avoid protests and demonstrations.  People that attend these events are not there to be peaceful.  These activities have been usurped by extremists and that much passion and hate tends to radicalize people very quickly.  Is there any wonder why so much violence has erupted and damage to property that results?  These events are about anarchy.  You have the greatest chance of being hurt just by showing up.  3. Don’t buy into the media.  The doom they report on does not bring joy, hope or peace. It really is quite stressful and depressing.  We have it in us to change the world.  Decide on what you can do.  We may not have the reach to change the world for all but we can absolutely change it for one person.  One family.  One neighborhood.  One ward.  One City.  It is up to us.  Hope is demanding to be let out.  When we as a society reject hate and choose Charity, evil will have no hold on us.  

Darkness

Hate in the world is growing at an exponential pace.  We must be a light to the world in driving it back.  Darkness will always flee to the shadows when light is present.  Empathy, patience, a smile, love shine the brightest.  ❤️

Hatebook 

Until further notice I will not be participating on Facebook any longer.  I thought the political rhetoric was bad.  Since the election the Hate has escalated to a point that it is toxic.  I will enjoy my social media on Instagram and Pinterest. Enjoy!  ❤️

Monsters

My heart goes out to those families whose loved ones were massacred by demons in California yesterday. I do not understand all of the details as to what happened but I believe it was at a company Christmas party. Any news of killing makes me sad, this situation hits too close to home for me personally. We live in scary times. So much hate in the world. What’s missing? Empathy…where has it gone? Men become animals when they are past feeling compassion for others. Men become monsters when they are consumed by hate. We are living among monsters. I am saddened that the day is coming when God fearing Americans will start hunting down these monsters. Our government has betrayed us and can no longer, nor are willing to take the war to them. It will fall upon those that shouldn’t have to fight but they will and it will be a slaughter. If the enemy knew what was coming they would be begging for peace.