Had the literal best time ever last night. Screaming and crying for a solid 7 minutes while Michael stood on stage in silence and awe before JBH is one of the single greatest things I’ve ever experienced. I’m so damn proud of this band and everything they’ve accomplished. I hope they enjoyed their first headlining show in Nashville as much as I did! I love you.
When you answer hatred with more hatred, it leads to hurtful consequences. It can even lead to tragedy. We’ve seen that over and over again.
When it’s flu season, health professionals warn us to take precautions so we don’t spread the flu, a potentially-deadly virus. They tell us to wash our hands. They tell us to cover our mouths when we cough or sneeze. They tell us to be careful around children, the elderly and those with weakened immunity.
While there is no vaccine that can prevent hatred, or hateful actions caused by others, we make a conscious choice to slow the disease of hatred or spread it to others. When we keep score and reason with ourselves that, “They were hateful to me. I have to get them back to even the score,” you’ve just made a choice to spread the disease.
No doctor can cure hatred. No government program can cure hatred. Only you can cure the disease of hatred by refusing to keep score and stopping yourself from multiplying the harmful effects of hatred.
Holding on to hatred is like drinking a glass of harmful acid - it will eat your insides away. Committing a hateful act to “seek justice” for another hateful act is like convincing others to share that glass of acid with you.
Hate will always be with us, but we choose to be its ally when we hate as a form of revenge. We give it the power to destroy lives when we continue its cycle. Stop hating. Stop keeping score. Stop spreading this horrible disease by mindfully resisting–strenuously resisting–the temptation to seek revenge on those who’ve been hateful to you.
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