Let's Just Appreciate the Good Things
Sometimes it should only be about respecting the good people do and forgetting, for just a moment, who they are.
No good deed goes unpunished.
I dislike this saying, mainly because it seems to be true. Several times over this past week I came across incidents where people were criticized for doing something good or nice or because it was the right thing to do, simply because of who they are, personally.
One example was when a friend sent me the link to Taylor Swift’s song “Ronan,” which Swift sang during the Stand Up To Cancer campaign earlier this week. Reading my friend’s warning of, "watch it with a box of Kleenex," I still wasn’t prepared for the instant onslaught of emotions the song brought up.
The first line of the song and the visual picture it was able to give me had me sobbing and looking around for anything to wipe up my face. I eventually gave up and just continued to listen to the lyrics, not caring that my makeup was ruined.
After the song ended, I scrolled down the line of comments, reading the positive and respectful messages to the mother who lost her son and whose words inspired the lyrics. And then, of course I came across the comment that targeted Taylor Swift herself.
Calling her talentless the message also went on to spew other names at her that are inappropriate at any time, but even more so when they were linked to a song that was sung in memory of a beautiful boy.
So, I get it.
Everyone has an opinion and I have come to learn to respect that fact. However, sometimes I wish that others would learn that they don’t need to voice that opinion in certain places. Knowing when and where to say certain things and knowing when not to... my mother use to call that using your manners.
So, when a good deed happens, I think it would be nice if once in a while we could just focus on that, since sometimes, that’s the only thing that matters.