I have a strange cornucopia of emotions right now. (Side note: just typing "cornucopia" right now makes me want to see Hunger Games again.) But back to the strange emotions.
I read a friend's blog this week wherein she wrote about some of her personal experiences and some of the personal pain that those experiences have brought her. Pain caused by others, whether intentionally or not, due to insensitivity, rudeness, and ignorance. I watch Criminal Minds. I know that some people are just evil and like to inflict pain on others. For some reason they like it. But the people who bring about pain simply by being insensitive or rude or ignorant are not like those people on Criminal Minds. But the pain still cuts deep. I can almost understand the evil kind of pain. It's harder to understand the other kind. People like you, or me, or the next door neighbor, or the teacher, or priest, or the brother or the sister - - well, those people aren't supposed to cause pain. They're supposed to love and support and encourage and be friendly. And when that doesn't happen, that causes me to have strange emotions.
My solution for strange emotions of the type described above? Just be kind. Celebrate each other. Appreciate our differences. Don't be rude. Be supportive. Encourage one another. And if we can't do that? Then JUST SHUT UP. Please.