Don’t fan the flames

I was once like you are now, and I know that it’s not easy,
To be calm when you’ve found something going on.
But take your time, think a lot,
Why, think of everything you’ve got.
For you will still be here tomorrow, but your dreams may not.~ Cat Stevens


I’m going to write this in general terms. You can decide the applicability for yourself.

When things don’t go your way, it’s not necessarily an injustice. Stuff goes one way or the other. It’s the way life works.

You can choose to become angry and throw a temper tantrum. You can choose to gloat. You can choose to validate your actions in the name of justice. Those are choices available to all of us.

Just remember that there are consequences for every choice you make. You can’t jump off a bridge and expect to not hit the ground. You can’t drive willy-nilly on the freeway and expect that nothing will happen. You can’t throw a punch and expect no return hit.

You can choose to find positive ways to express your feelings. You can choose to think things through instead of following your impulses. You can choose to not get caught up in public hysteria. You can choose to read all the information and make your own decisions instead of cherry picking what fits your mood.

With so much turmoil in the world today, it’s hard not to get swept up in the swirling currents of public opinion. It takes some effort to think and come up with your own words instead of using catch phrases intended to stir people up. I encourage you to take the time.





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