What The World Needs Now | No. 2

I scrolled through my Twitter this morning and all I saw were things that hurt my heart.

The first story was about a graduating Bowie State University senior, Richard Collins III, 23, who was fatally stabbed by a University of Maryland student in Maryland for no reason other than his race, according to police. Collins was a black man, and he was just visiting his friends before graduation. Read the story here.

I also saw a video on Twitter taken in a Wal-Mart, where a Hispanic woman was shopping for her medicine when a white woman pulled her cart up to block the medicine shelf, and began spewing racial slurs.

The one thing that everyone is hurting over today is the bombing in Manchester, England after an Ariana Grande concert. 22 people, including young children, were killed in the attack. Nearly 60 people were injured. These victims, young and old, were having the time of their lives – only to have their time cut short for senseless reasons. There are children still missing in Manchester, families mourning, and families out looking for their kids. I pray that they can somehow find peace. I also hope that Ariana Grande and her entire team can find peace. As a big fan of Grande, I’ve learned over the years that her heart is made of gold, and her fans are everything to her. This unfortunate event has likely shattered that heart of gold, and I know she is incredibly sad.

I don’t know if there’s a way to stop these attacks from happening. I don’t know if there’s a way to get people to stop hating each other and start loving each other. If it hasn’t been figured out by 2017, I don’t know if hate will ever be eradicated. I do know that those of us capable of love should start spreading it. Those of us still living should live life with no regrets.

Go into everything you do with positive intentions, and love everyone you come across in life. It’s easier said than done, but when attacks like this happen, we all come together and then forget about it the next day. We should always be in togetherness. We should always spread love, and we should always be helping.

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” – Mr. Fred Rogers.

Last night on Twitter though, something re-ignited my hope in this world. A man from Western Pennsylvania and writer from Entertainment Weekly shared a time where he met Mister Rogers, and he helped him through a rough patch in life. Read the story here. Something I learned from Mister Rogers is that we are all neighbors, like it or not. And we are all on this Earth for a purpose, and as corny as it may sound now that I’m almost 20, he was right – we should always love and help our neighbors.

Please pray for Manchester, and pray for the world. If you’d like more information on the missing people in Manchester and how you could help click here.

The Happy Playlist No. 2

This week’s addition to the happy playlist is a cover of What The World Needs Now sung by Andra Day. In times like these, of course we need love. But everyday we should practice giving love to others, because if not then what’s the point? I don’t have much else to say, but just be a friend to everyone. Love your friends, your family, and strangers.