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On Not Tolerating Garbage
I captured this image of my son yesterday – the focus is a little off from where I’d ideally like it to be, but I love it just the same. I adore the sincere emotion on his face. Several days ago, I posted an image of him (below) to one of the social networks I use. In that image, which I find so endearing, he’s smiling naturally, no posing, and you can see the true joy and beauty in his soul emanating from him. For me, personally, there’s also a really emotional feeling when I view that image, because, after all, he was looking at me with that sweet face!
Unfortunately, I had to delete some of the comments on that post, because somehow, people viewing the image thought it was okay to make disparaging comments and insults towards an 8 year old because of the way his teeth look. Kids at this age are still so deep in just beginning to develop into the tweens who will one day morph into teenagers that will bridge them to the young adults they can be before they even begin to think about the grown ups they will someday become. We have so, so much physical development that unfolds for us as human beings, and it’s a continuous process, with so many twists and turns along the way. Within, in our minds and proverbial hearts, we have an almost infinite amount of possible development, as well… I feel disappointed and saddened when I come into contact with human adults who have clearly not done as much intellectual and emotional development as even my 8 year old son has already accomplished.
I brush this off and move on, but note that life contains too much beauty to suffer the ugliness of a few. I will not tolerate or allow this kind of trash to sit with my spirit or on my pages. My advice is that when you come into contact with this kind of energy, touch it just enough to learn what you can from it, shake your head, and then brush it off and turn your face towards the sun.
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