Be Kind, Rewind
Reading that blog title you have one of two thoughts. The first group you smiled when you read it. Memories probably flooded back too. If you are in the second group you have no idea what this phrase means. If you are in the first group you might just be in my generation or older and you are relieving your blockbuster glory days.
The nights of walking around blockbuster with your membership card searching for the perfect movie to watch that night. Selecting the VHS was sometimes a lot harder than it sounds because hopefully someone else didn’t get there before you and take the movie you wanted. To the younger generation, you will never get the anticipation of getting to the store, and to your dismay, the movie you wanted to watch was already rented. That was such a bummer. Sorry I got sidetracked going down memory lane. Back to the title of this blog “be kind rewind” if you are not familiar with this phrase it comes from Blockbuster. It was a slogan to remind everyone to rewind the VHS’s before you return your rentals. It was the worst to get your movie home and have to rewind it before you could watch it. This is crazy seeing as we can select a movie on our tv, phone, or computer and watch it anytime and anywhere.
“Megan, is this whole blog just reliving your childhood?” you might be wondering. I do have a point. No, it’s not about movies and rewinding VHS, but it is about being kind. With all the hatred that has been going on in recent years and internet trolls. Sometimes it can be hard to see the positive side of people. When negativity is all you see and take in what do you think you pour out? Go with me here. If you have a glass full of water and you pour a little out into another glass. (In this example the water is positivity and kindness.) As you are going through your day someone stops by your cup and drops one drop of black food coloring in your water. (the back food coloring is negativity and hate) That one drop may not change the color of the water initially, but as that negativity (black food coloring) increases drop after drop the water starts changing colors until one day the liquid in the cup is black. What happens when you start to pour out into other people’s cups. That negativity, the black water, starts changing other people’s water and you have a ripple effect. Just as in this example it was only one drop that started it. It only takes one negative comment to start that negative thought process which will eventually pour out. The world around us can be so negative that we have to watch what we allow to fill our cup. I have had some negative comments on social media and I don’t let myself focus on those. I usually delete the comment and move past it. I know that is not what everyone does and that probably isn’t how I would have handled it a few years ago. But today I choose to let it go and to spread positivity and just be kind because you never know what the person on the other side of the screen is going through.
There is a phrase that has really stuck with me these past few months. I heard it on a radio station. “There are kind people in the world, if you don’t see one be one” That is a statement I want to live by!
I pray that this blog today was an encouragement to you and can help in your daily life. Always know I am available to pray with you or just be someone to talk to when life gets hard. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need prayer!
Talk to you next Monday!