Finding kindness & tolerance

This morning, I read two very different posts from a couple of my favourite blogs.  One broke my heart & one filled my heart with pride.

Susannah over at athingirldotcom is one of the kindest people I have come across, forever putting herself in front of a stranger, to do the right thing.  You can read her post here.

Sue over at Travels Tales of Life writes about their wonderful experiences, as she & her husband travel the globe.  She too, has a heart the size of the universe.  Here is her post from this morning.

For some time now, I have been concerned that it seems we are taking a giant step back in time. One where the colour of one’s skin or the culture they are immersed in, dictates how we treat them as a human being.  Lumping people into a category, primarily out of fear & most certainly in many cases, out of ignorance.

Have we really forgotten the experiences of our past? Have we learned nothing?

I would not call myself an extensive traveller, but I have had the opportunity to visit a number of countries & learn a little about their culture.  England, France, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Spain, USA, Morocco & various destinations across the beloved country I call home, Canada.

Regardless of where I travel, it has been my experience that essentially, as humans, we are all striving to achieve the same thing.  A place where we can live in peace, to raise our families without fear, to provide opportunity for our children to learn & prosper.

I am not so naive to not realize that there are those out there wreaking havoc & hatred, leaving a path of destruction in their wake, but how can we stand by & allow these people to dictate how we conduct ourselves as human beings?

I chose respect & kindness over intolerance & hatred.  I chose to never forgot the plight of those who came before me, who fought with their very lives to prove that first & foremost, we are all human. The colour of our skin or the culture we practice does not define who we are as a human being.

I hope that you join me.

Hugs,

L

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31 Responses to Finding kindness & tolerance

  1. Sue Slaght says:

    Lynn thank you for linking toour post on the Syrian family we are sponsoring and for the very generous words. i am with you in acceptance and embracing of diversity. Imagine if each person on the planet showed one kindness to a stranger every day.

    • Lynn says:

      My pleasure Sue. It truly doesn’t take a whole lot of effort to extend kindness to a fellow human being. I can’t imagine how terrified the young woman felt in Susannah’s post. If baffles me that people can express such hatred for another person.

  2. I love this post wholeheartedly!

  3. joannesisco says:

    Sometimes I think we are sliding back into a new version of the Dark Ages. The first story re-enforces that feeling.
    Thankfully there are always glimmers of hope as evidenced by the 2nd.

  4. Very well said, Lynn.I admit I am prejudiced- but against white Americans who are spouting such hate recently. I’m ready to emigrate to Canada!

    • Lynn says:

      No kidding Emilio! I am appalled at the absolute ignorance coming out of the mouths of possible future leaders of our neighbours to the south. I think there are a number considering joining us here in the north!

      How is in any way okay to think that someone is within their rights to punch a young girl in the face, simply because she wears a hajib?

      Thank you so much for visiting today & leaving a comment!

      • Well, I was brought up believing you don’t hit a girl/woman period- no matter what she wears. Maybe I’m just old fashioned that way! Sue and Dave Slaght have said they would put us up for awhile when we come there. Maybe we can visit all our northern neighbors that I’ve met on WordPress. Maybe I should start making more Canadian friends!

      • Lynn says:

        LOL…just head north & start making your way across the country. Sue & Dave are about 35ookm West of our place but we would be happy to put you up when you get here!

      • Well, that’s great! Gives us a good excuse to see more of Canada. I’m not sure about my wife but I’ve only been to Montreal and Quebec City and I loved both!

      • Lynn says:

        Montreal & Quebec City are both fantastic cities! Lots to do & see in both😃

  5. Beautiful post, Lynn. I’ve watched my country go from the open, welcoming land of the Fair Go to something I don’t even recognise and makes me ashamed to be Australian. I’m still holding on to hope that enough of us regular, caring human beings can eventually effect change.

    • Lynn says:

      Heather, I did not realize this was happening in Australia. Sadly there are people in every nation who are filled with judgement & intolerance. We here in Canada are not immune either.

      I couldn’t agree more in that we must continue to effect change, to find peaceful solutions to live in harmony with another. Thanks for stopping by today💛

      • Unfortunately, in recent years successive governments on both sides of politics have been on a race to the bottom in who can inflict the most cruelty on those seeking asylum here until we find ourselves with small children locked up in offshore detention camps living in intolerable conditions and enduring unimaginable horrors. I can’t believe this is my country. I’m so pleased that the leadership in your country has changed for the better and become once again a beacon of compassion. I can only hope for the same here but so far I can’t see it happening.

      • Lynn says:

        Oh my goodness, that is horrible. There are many here who don’t have much confidence in our new PM. I personally find it refreshing to see someone with a sense of compassion & a style of leadership who is very much in the public eye rather than In hiding! Time will tell I suppose as to the success or failure of the current government.

  6. Kiri says:

    I believe humans everywhere are more alike than we are different. If we focus on that, maybe we’ll start to get somewhere.

    • Lynn says:

      This has been my experience as well Kiri. Our similarities far outweigh our differences. Thank you so much for stopping by today😉

  7. Ann Coleman says:

    Very well said! And I agree, it does seem as if we are going in the wrong direction, at least in the face of what seems to be a rise in intolerance, fear, and prejudice. I don’t know if its the product of a world that is changing so fast that people feel disconnected and afraid, or our media culture that too often makes it okay to make other people (anyone who looks, thinks or acts differently) our enemies, but I do know I don’t like it. We really do need to make the active choice of tolerance, kindness and compassion.

    • Lynn says:

      Anne, you bring up some very valuable points. Slander & misinformation seems to be an everyday occurrence on social media. People read something & assume it must be so, before checking facts or even the source from which it is written.

      Thank you so much for adding your thoughts. Truly appreciated!

  8. restlessjo says:

    Thanks for directing me to the update on Sue’s Syrian family, Lynn. It’s a wonderful thing that they are doing and I am so impressed that the zoo offers free visits too. Small things like that can make such a difference, and it’s joyful for Sue and Dave too. You get back what you put in, don’t you? Sadly some governments and media seem more interested in generating fear and mistrust. The thought of having no home, with children to raise, is unimaginable for so many of us lucky ones.

    • Lynn says:

      Sue & Dave’s story is a testament to the good in human kindness & compassion. Not sure if you read Susannah’s as well but it broke my heart to read what happened to this young girl.

      Thank you for popping in Jo!

  9. LB says:

    Lynn, your post and your reply to comments are a reflection of what many of us to the South feel about our current climate. I am appalled, embarrassed, worried, and scared.
    Thank you for sharing the two posts… which reveal the goodness and the horror of prejudice.
    Oh my my my …

  10. susielindau says:

    It has blown my mind too. I am not one for writing anything political, but I hope once the election is over, some people are ashamed of who they voted for. There’s still time for another candidate to take the lead! I know I’m being vague, but I’m sure you can read between my lines.

    • Lynn says:

      I am not much of a political animal either Susie & although I am appalled at the behaviour of some of the candidates in the States, this is just one example of what seems to be a downhill slide, when it comes to having respect & tolerance for others.

      Sue’s post & Susannah’s post were complete opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to how we conduct ourselves as human beings.

      The first is a wonderful display of what it means to be compassionate & kind, the second, in my opinion, is an example of nothing but ignorance & hatred.

      If we succumb to the hatred being spewed & judge people simply because of their culture, we are in trouble as a human race.

      Cheers my friend!

  11. William says:

    HI Lynn,

    I am right on the same page with you. No matter what race color or culture anyone comes from. What people has to realize these same people their blood runs through their body just as red as mine. Stop and think people it could have been you that other race, color, or culture. Point in fact!

    • Lynn says:

      Hi William. Thank you for stopping by today & taking the time to leave a comment. It is so disheartening to see what appears to be a step back in time when it comes to sharing this planet with or fellow man. We must continue to seek ways to live in harmony with one another.

      • William McCammon says:

        Jeanne, here is blog I belong to. I had read the post and commented to and behold got posted all over the world….impressed

        WM

  12. Cheryl Marsh says:

    And in light of this week’s atrocities, let us all try harder!.. Found this cleaning my email, it somehow got ‘read’ status??xo

    Cheryl Marsh

    Date: Fri, 1 Apr 2016 15:55:37 +0000 To: clmavon@hotmail.com

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