Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Lessons From Mom

 Ninety-five percent of the time, my mother is right. Doesn't really matter what the subject is...she just generally knows what she's talking about. Except for the time I recently posted a picture of this jacket and she texted me telling me I look like a grandma and "gotta take the good with the bad." Thanks mom, I'll keep the jacket and leave your opinion. But one very timely lesson my mom has always preached (and I have carried with me throughout my life) is to be kind.

In a world full of so much hate and anger and violence, it's really hard to feel like you can do anything to help. But I truly believe the smallest acts of kindness can go a long way (along with stricter gun laws and a competent president...but I don't ever want to get political here, it's not really my jam). If we all made a conscious effort to be kinder to one another, to combat hate with love and laughter and warmth, the world could start to be a better place. 

And when that still doesn't quite feel like enough...donate to victims' families. Donate blood. Advocate for gun control and mental health protection. And at the start and close of every day, if not a few times in between, show gratitude for the beautiful life that you have been given, and don't take it for granted. 

Photography: Anna Papazian

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