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kick Schadenfreude with love!

Greetings and Good Morning,

I hope all is well, and that you're off to a great start this morning. I've been thinking about the state of the world and our political and social climate over the course of the last 4 years, and especially during COVID-19 and quarantine. Last week, during the Presidential Debates I couldn't help but to think about how difficult it is sometimes, to remain positive in the midst of so much negativity. Michelle Obama once said, "we go high when they go low", and Eric Holder said, "when they go low, we kick 'em." Now, that Donald Trump has tested positive for COVID-19, I struggle with these feelings on whether to feel sorry for a man that has had no remorse or ability to care for others. His response to the death of 200,000+ Americans that had died from COVID-19, was "it is what it is", and now my response to him contracting this virus is, "it is what it is." With that said, this week I felt it was best to write something uplifting because, I cannot see myself get caught up in schadenfreude. So without further delay, let's dive right in!

Right now, you're probably thinking, "what in the devil is schadenfreude?" Well, let me explain.

Schadenfreude(/ ˈ ʃ ɑː d ən f r ɔɪ d ə /;German: [ˈʃaːdn̩ˌfʁɔʏ̯də] ; lit. 'harm-joy') is the experience of pleasure, joy, or self-satisfaction that comes from learning of or witnessing the troubles, failures, or humiliation of another. In today's, social and political climate, I feel like people have become much more "cut throat." We used to come together in times of distress and when our nation was dealing with severe impact, but today, it seems as if people are shrugging their shoulders. I'll admit, it was tough before, but, I feel like there was a level of respect and people at least weren't emboldened to be so outright hateful. I cannot read my Twitter feed because, it's so negative. So many people are broken and mean inside and therefore they spew this negativity on social media. I spoke with my nephew over the weekend and we had a very lengthy discussion about how we're feeling about the state of our nation. Each person or family member that I've spoken to, feel the same way that I feel and this is a weird feeling to have. We're torn because, we're good people at odds with our visceral feelings and reactions. How can we say that we're good people, if we find joy in seeing others suffer? How can we be Christians (or any other faith based religion), if we do not love our brothers and sisters? We can't. It's a oxymoron. So, with the news of President Trump contracting COVID-19 and the state of our nation, don't allow yourself to get caught up in schadenfreude!

In order to stay on a positive path, we have to constantly remind ourselves to love our enemies and show love in the face of hate. My heart breaks for the victims of the COVID-19 virus, and I don't wish ill on anyone, but I think the way that we get past the potential to slip into schadenfreude is to channel that energy into being positive. Let's rise above the darkness that surrounds us. Let's rise up and fly high! Let's follow the old adage, "if you cannot say anything nice, don't say nothing at all." A lot of us will be quiet, if that's the case, LOL! When we rise above, we live in a frequency of positivity. The darkness cannot exist when there is light. So, I will focus on living a life that recognizes the challenges that surrounds us, but I will ultimately choose to live with goodness in my heart. Won't you join me?

In conclusion, I hope that you have a wonderful week, and that we continue to thrive despite these difficult times! If we lean on each other and dispel any and all hate with love, I think that we'll be on the right track. We have little people watching everything that we do, and I want them to make this world better. Not take it back to a time that was horrific for our nation. So, let'r rise above with love!

Charmyra E. Fleming is a romance author with a deep desire to M.OTIVATE | A.SPIRE | I.NSPIRE, her readers and beyond to live their lives with purpose, intention, and full of passion. She is the author of The Violet Rose and Three's a Charm romance novels. Thank you for reading her blog post this morning. Hey, do her a favor, if you like or love this post, comment on it. She'd love to hear your feedback. Also, please feel free to share it with your family and friends in the social media universe. Your support is greatly appreciated!

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