It has been a sobering few days for London.
The Westminster incident has dominated news headlines and disturbing eyewitness accounts have been the talk of the internet. The horror of the attack itself has only been matched by the subsequent outpouring of racism, hatred and ignorance on social media.
In times like these, love and compassion are the two things that will walk us through to the other side. And if you just rolled your eyes at a guy saying that, feel free to stop reading. In fact, unfollow me. Block me. I have no interest in knowing cynics.
Love is the best thing we do. We are human, all of us, regardless of race, gender, age and belief. If we could all learn to hate less and love more, imagine what a world it could be… A kind of world we’d want our children to grow up in.
As I write this, Comic Relief is on TV. It is Red Nose Day 2017 and my wife and I are watching as we try to do every year, seeing how people can come together for a common cause. Not only is it a chance to donate, but its also a fun television event for the whole family.
I have also just signed up to the Vitality Westminster Mile this May Bank Holiday. I’ve only done one organised race in my life, so I’m looking forward to doing another one 🙂
But putting love out into the world doesn’t have to mean doing a sponsored event. You don’t have to run a mile or donate money to a charity. Even a small gesture of love can make a world of difference to someone. A smile here. An act of kindness there. Even just stopping that insult you’re about to tweet at someone and deciding to delete it instead.
When the world changes… I mean when it truly changes… it does so because of the people. Not governments, laws or political parties. It changes because of us.
So please… for goodness sake… don’t hurt someone. Don’t say something mean. Don’t troll people or try to make them feel worse. There is enough misery in the world as it is. You don’t need to add to it, least of all because you’re feeling bored on social media.
Think about what you put out into the world and make it a better place.
Thanks for reading, folks 🙂