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The End of 2021

It is the last day of 2021, and the year wasn't quite what most of us hoped. We were optimistic that Covid would be behind us; however, that didn't occur. It was another hard year, but it wasn't quite as challenging as 2020. Yes, we're seeing another new variant and upsurge, but it seems to be a milder illness. As a people, we should stay safe and keep others safe. I also hope to see less anger and division within our country in the new year. Rather than remaining so divided, unity would serve us and our country to accept and acclimate to the constant changes in our world.

Our country was built on different beliefs and opinions while respecting our fellow Americans. But, of course, the extremists on both sides of the aisle seem to be dominating the conversation of late. I believe most Americans still have the same respect for their fellow humans; we're not controversial enough for the media.

I've decided to lend my voice to positivity, encouraging respect and kindness in 2022. Can I change the world? Maybe. You all know I have a big ego to compensate for my lack of height!

If I can't change the world, I can lend my voice to focusing on encouragement and kindness. There is so much negativity swirling in the air, and social media doesn't help. It breeds contempt and anger between people on a global scale. Are there really more angry people, or do they simply have a broader platform? The crazies have always been out there - they had to work a little harder in the past.

There is also a trend to share hostile or passive-aggressive posts, particularly on Facebook. I believe many of these messages about "realizing who didn't care about me" and the like are nothing more than bait posts. It's a way to communicate to the person who caused pain or anger without actually making contact. You're still making contact! The purpose is to get a reaction from that person or others who will comment and soothe your wounded ego. It's a cry for attention, but it's not the attention you need when you're hurt or grieving. There are better ways to heal and come out stronger on the other side. Sharing or posting these passive-aggressive messages works to feed your hurt while starving your healing process. Why continue to spread negative feelings when new opportunities are available in your future?

We need to concentrate on reacting, not how we provoke others to react. So let's look toward 2022 with a new perspective, where we strengthen ourselves to become stronger and better despite the challenges presented to us.

That's my plan, and I know for sure that I can't do it alone.

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