Since I've been back, I've been visiting a number of blogs, emailing back and forth with online friends, and a major issue has raised its ugly head. I have noticed some very unkind comments on bipolar blogs, and some of my friends have been recipients of this kind of cruelty. And I find it highly disturbing.
Why, I wonder, when this illness is so very difficult, would anyone treat his or her fellow BIPs badly? If a person has something unkind to say to someone who blogs, why would he/she write it as a comment? Why not keep it to yourself? If a person disagrees with another's mode of healing, why not "live and let live?"
I'm no Pollyanna, but I do believe in looking for the good in people, and I also believe in being kind. I see no reason for writing a nasty comment just because you disagree with something someone said. I find it terribly hurtful to suggest that if someone is pouring out his or her soul in their blog, they're whining.
So today, I plan to share a few uplifting quotes on kindness, and I hope that June will be a month of Bipolar Kindness.
"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion."
"The kindest word in all the world is the unkind word, unsaid."
"A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses."
"Have you had a kindness shown?
Pass it on;
'Twas not given for thee alone,
Pass it on;
Let it travel down the years,
Let it wipe another's tears,
'Til in Heaven the deed appears -
Pass it on."
~Henry Burton, Pass It On