The difference between light and dark

“No matter how dark it gets, we all have to be the light for each other. You turn on your phones, you turn on your televisions, you’re met with darkness— you don’t need to search for it, it searches for you,” said Perry. “You have to be careful not to let it into your heart…if you let it in, you can become cynical…what is so important is that we all understand that no matter what we’re going through, we’re going through it together.” – Tyler Perry (2017) at the People’s Choice Awards

It’s funny how last night I wrote about the black spot on the white paper and tonight while listening to the awards show while working on my computer, I heard in the background a voice talking about the dark and the light.  And it made so much sense.  I turned and watched Tyler Perry give his acceptance speech and then searched it out to listen to his words again.

What he said was so utterly true and honest as there is always light and dark.  And there will always be good and the bad.  And as I read a comment to the blog I posted last night -“Carol, you appear like a heavily waxed automobile where the ‘water’ just beads up and rolls right off while you stay well-polished and protected. This did not come from one ‘waxing,’ but numerous ones over time, and the end result is a glorious shine and luster to your character”-  the words resonated.  Everyone can be the ‘waxed automobile’.

So often I hear these words –  “I keep making mistakes. I’m hopeless and will never learn”.  Learning is lifelong and making mistakes is a normal part of that process.  We didn’t learn to ride a bike without falling a scraping a knee or an elbow.  Most of us have learned by taking those mistakes and working on bettering them.  As an educator of many years, this is a mantra that I tell both students and their teachers.  It’s okay to make those mistakes.  We all forgive and forget and we will learn from them.  Unfortunately for Amanda, many of her peers didn’t take this into consideration.  img_0533

There are many ways we can live our lives.  Being patient and considerate are two of the virtues.  Being mean and inconsiderate are behaviours that need rethinking.  Inflicting hurt and harm with actions or words need immediate rethinking.

To all those that are in need of some positivity, think about the colours of the rainbow.  You are those colours that shine brightly.  Always believe in yourself and what you can do as a person for yourself and for others.  #ShineBright and #MakeTodayPositive for yourself and for others.  xoxo

About Carol Todd

Being the mother of Amanda Todd has lead me on this journey shortly after Amanda's death on October 10, 2012. Amanda's prolific You Tube video has been viewed over 33 million times. Through this video, there has been an increased awareness about cyberbullying, social media safety and mental health.
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