Now I know this might be something extremely difficult to do (I know it was for me) but sometimes you need to put your smart phones down and just disconnect from the world. Being on social media these days can bring upon so many emotions within you; especially when you see certain tweets you do not agree with (you all know which ones I am talking about *coughs* the racist ones *coughs*. I know I was on Twitter all day after hearing about the Alton Sterling and seeing the video. My emotional state was a combination of pissed off and sadness. It got to the point where I had to delete all my social media and emotionally recharge for awhile. I had to go out and do #2.
Do not live in fear because of the events that are going on in our world. I encourage you to be safe but to have some fun. Go do something you love. My happy place is on the basketball court. It is something I have been doing since I was a kid and it has always been a happy place with me. I can have one of my worst days and playing ball makes it better. Find something that turns your frown upside down and do it while you are disconnecting. I am not saying forget about the issues at hand but allow your mind to recover and experience some joy as well.
Getting things off your chest about how you are feeling right now can be extremely helpful and a relief to your soul. However, I do not mean go on Twitter and tweet your thoughts. That is therapeutic for some but I believe in-person communication can make a real difference. We held a #UnityPrayer at LSU where people were able to get things off their chest as well as pray. There were many people who told me it helped them to be able to talk to the group of people and that they were impacted by others' words. You never know who you can help with your words or who can help you so TALK to someone.
Bring a little light in your life by showing a little love to someone. It might be praying for a cop when you see one. It might be paying for the person behind you in the McDonalds' line. It might simply be giving someone a hug and telling them you love them. We are unfortunately living in a world that seems to be losing the light so to avoid darker days we have to show more love to one another.
I often feel like Sway with all these things going on because I do not have the answers. I want to help, I want to create change but it can all be frustrating. I was always taught since I was a youngster to pray in a time of confusion and that is exactly what I and you should do during this time. WE NEED PRAYER! The Civil Rights movement to me was as successful as it was because it was led by the church. We cannot do this thing or be able to deal with all that is going on without God on our side. I encourage you to try and say a prayer everyday for justice, for Baton Rouge and for our country.