I was going to write a post that just ranted about life. About student apathy. About the cruelty of social media. About drivers that run red lights. About how parents abuse their children. I was going to rant about everything. As I made muffins this morning, I was in a sour mood for a number of reasons.
But as the timer went off on the oven and I pulled the muffin tins out, I had to smile as the warm aroma of blueberries and chocolate chip muffins filled the kitchen. I returned to cooking the scrambled eggs wishing everyone could have a Sunday morning breakfast like ours. My youngest daughter came bouncing into the room, “Is it muffin day?”
“Yes, little one. It is muffin day.”
She curled up on the couch in a blanket, then started to ask me 5 year-old questions.
To be honest, I still want to rant. But I realize that my rant won’t change the unfairness in this world. Or stop somebody from writing a hurtful comment on social media. My rant would not save a child’s life today.
Sadly, I know that this post won’t do that either. But instead of ranting, I choose….
I choose to believe that education is about growing as a person, not a grade.
I choose to read more books instead of looking at a screen.
I choose to listen instead of talk.
I choose to believe in sunsets and sunrises because you can see them from anywhere.
I choose to write poetry, blogs, and stories so that someone reads a message that they need.
I choose to post crazy photos on Instagram.
I choose to tell dad jokes to everyone.
I choose longer hugs and holding hands with my wife.
But most important, I choose to love, no matter how much the world keeps trying to hurt me.
I choose to love.
I choose LOVE.