Mahalo Mondays #23: Friend and passion, overreacting, and love
Mahalo Mondays is a newsletter on the most interesting I’ve learned or found over that week. It’ll range from articles, tips, videos, hacks, and other fascinating things that would broaden your perspective.
Mahalo means many things in Hawaiian (expressing gratitude), but for me, it’s a way to show appreciation and love to those that I’ve learned from. So I want to showcase their work and share it with all of you.
Friends and passion
When friends share their passions with you, it’s imperative for us to support them in any way we can. I’m not talking about giving a casual compliment and moving to the next topic, it’s the idea of genuinely showing curiosity in that passion.
When someone reveals to you their passion, they’re letting you into their world. This step is sensitive since a bad reaction might cause them to never share it with another person again or to immediately limit the capacity of this friendship. Ask them questions, do a little research, and make time for your friend’s passion.
I promise you it won’t take up much of your time, but it’ll mean the world to them.
The question then becomes, What other passions do my friends and others have? When someone does reveal a passion to you, don’t take it for granted.
News and overreacting
We’ve all heard about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine by now. World wars are never good, and it’ll always be innocent people that suffer the most. Media and people will now turn their attention to this headline, which is a good reminder for us to not overreact until we get more information.
We forget that we can also take the stance of staying neutral until more information is released. This might take a while but it’s worth not letting emotions get the best of us. Media will put their spin on things and people you know might force you to adopt the same views as them. Don’t let either do that. It’s okay to not have an opinion and to ask ourselves questions, then do some research to get a better understanding of why things are happening.
Overreacting often does not solve any problems, and it won’t do you any good in this situation.
I recently wrote an article about overreacting if you’re interested.
Song that lifted my spirits during these times
What the world needs now by Burt Bacharach. One of the first songs I’ve listened to when I’ve heard about the possibilities of war. It may seem that the world may never be solved of evil acts and atrocities, but I will rather be the one trying to put hope and love back in the world than just give up.
One action, one person at a time.
Until next week,