The world is a mess. And the internet has made is even messier. Everyone has a voice now and sadly, instead of using it for love and appreciation, far too many use it for hostility and venom.
A friend and client of mine has been in the national news lately. Someone posted an article on my personal Facebook wall about her, and within a day, there were over 2,000 of the most hateful, disgusting comments I have ever seen. It is so disheartening, yet it has become the norm.
You don’t agree with someone? Call them a dirty name.
You lean on the opposite side of the political fence? Spew your vile.
Your team lost the big game? Degrade the players.
Heck..when I started the petition about getting the Super Bowl Ad removed, total strangers flooded my social media and called me every derogatory name in the book.
I had one person follow me on Facebook simply so he could say “Please…just kill yourself.”
And why? Because I asked for one sentence to be removed from an ad? Who does that???
So in light of all of the unpleasantness out there, today’s post is all about love. There is so much to love about this world and the people and things in it. It’s time I call them out.
I love Mrs. Dude and my Dudettes. That goes without saying, but it cannot be said enough.
I love Bruce Springsteen; his music, his voice and the fact that we come from the same home town (Freehold, NJ).
I love being a voice in the gluten-free community. I feel like I’m making a difference in my small little corner of the world.
I love working for myself.
I love a cold gluten-free beer on a warm summer morning night.
I love when Mrs. Dude makes me dinner and there are enough for leftovers the next today.
I love my Aunt Carol, who has gone from a second mom to a great friend.
I love the DVR so I can fast-forward through commercials.
I love Jennifer Esposito; her passion, advocacy, friendship and food.
I love Rangers hockey and Giants football.
I love the gluten-free community…the best bunch of folks.
I love my puppies, Ozzy and Zoe.
I love my in-laws, who treat me like a son.
I love when my older Dudette comes back from college to visit.
I love Maddie-Daddy time with my younger Dudette.
I love my memories of summers on Long Beach Island.
I love my power walks with Mrs. Dude.
I love asparagus.
I love the beach.
I love asparagus on the beach.
I love having vivid dreams.
I love the smell of napalm in the morning (name the movie).
I love getting lost in a great song.
I love my Uncle Tony, who may not be with us much longer.
I love gluten-free bread that has no holes.
I love my brothers and sister-in-laws.
I love a great movie.
I love exercise.
I love Jon Stewart.
I love my morning coffee.
I love my afternoon coffee.
I love catching up on all of the days events on my iPad.
I love Lucy.
I love my winter vacations with the crew.
I love my Uncle Titos (vodka).
I love making lists about the things I love.
I love my convertible. May she rest in peace.
I love my NJ and PA friends, who have supported me through it all.
I love green grass (as Mrs. Dude will tell you. She says there is a little Forest Gump in me.)
I love my Scrabble Saturday nights.
I love Mrs. Dude and my Dudettes. Definitely worth mentioning twice.
And finally, I love having celiac disease. It has given my a voice and for that I am grateful.
See? Showin’ some lovin’ is a piece of cake. So then why do so many choose hate?
Tell me…what do you love today??