These first few weeks of kindergarten have proven to be a little more challenging than we expected at the Little household. Our little guy is having some trouble adjusting to the schedule and has had a few rough days in terms of behavior. It’s not been anything serious, but we’re pretty strict about conduct when it comes to school. Nonetheless, he had a great day yesterday and as we were sitting watching television last night he made a comment about how tired he was. When we inquired about why he was so tired, his response was simply perfect. “I wasn’t tired yesterday because I got in trouble. Today I’m tired because I was good. It’s hard work being good,” he said. “It’s easy being bad.” It was an amazing proclamation from my favorite five-year-old, especially being that it was an answer to something I’d been contemplating for the last few weeks.
Recently I seem to have been overwhelmed at the amazing amount of negativity on social media and just in general. With the events in Ferguson, Missouri and the hype about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, I’ve seen lots of folks complaining and being incredibly critical of one another. At what point did it become a problem that folks have differing opinions? And why is it okay for us to verbally attack one another just for being different? If you don’t feel like being a part of a fundraising effort, don’t be a part of it. Why must we be critical of people for having convictions? What happened to that famous idea of keeping your mouth shut if you don’t have anything nice to say? It almost seems that our ability to be compassionate to one another is eroding over time.
My little boy, in his infinite wisdom, answered it all for me. The truth is, it is easy to be negative. The challenge of being nice means we sometimes have to censor ourselves, which isn’t easy. But regardless of how difficult it is, it’s something we should do. It’s something we MUST do. We’ve got to learn to be kinder to one another. It seems that for many folks, social media has eliminated the filter between their brains and their mouths. They think it and post it – regardless of who it might hurt. People obviously feel safe behind a keyboard. But here’s my challenge for y’all: If you wouldn’t say it to someone’s face, don’t say it anywhere else. Make the effort… be nice.
Y’all this Banana Pineapple Cake is so delicious! It’s perfect for dessert and works great for a quick breakfast, too! I just know you’ll enjoy it just as much as my family does.