“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Sometimes the world can feel so overwhelming. Between the news media constantly bombarding us with partisan rhetoric, images of war, incidents of racism, and the seemingly endless campaign to break black women down, at times it feels like the universe just wants us to hate everyone in it.
But it is precisely during those times, when our patience is low and we are tired of dealing with the foolishness, that we must tell ourselves that every reaction we ever have is a choice.
While we cannot control what people say to or about us, or how they treat us, we can control how we respond to it.
For example, does someone else’s rude attitude cause you to react impolitely as well? Or does someone else’s cattiness make you want to be petty in return? Each reaction is a choice. And like Martin Luther King, Jr. so eloquently put, being angry and being hateful is just too hard to maintain, so the only other choice is love.
Although you don’t have to love those whose aim is to harm you, you should wish them well and not let their dysfunction dampen your mood.
The choice is yours, Clutchettes.