As a long time fan of basically anything that has Tom Hanks associated with it, I appreciate how he has made the world a far brighter place.
And I’m not talking about his acting, directing, or producing skills.
Nope. Not at all.
Those things help.
I was far too young when I first watched Big (though I still absolutely loved it). And Turner and Hooch will hold a special place in my heart. Though Cheese the dog is banned from ever watching the movie. And then as I got older, the movies just kept getting better and better and better. Where he and Meg Ryan had a continued love affair through Sleepless in Seattle to You’ve Got Mail. And then let’s just not even go in depth and my love and appreciate for the uber nerd (from one nerd to another) with how focused and meticulous any war movie ends up being. Band of Brothers was the first movie(ish) thing that made me ugly cry. And continues to do so to this day.
So basically, I will just willingly throw all of my money at anything that has Tom Hanks involved.
But do you know much about the man (the myth, the legend)?
Tom Hanks is notoriously kind and generous. From a seemingly infinite set of stories of fans that have met him. Or people who he has worked with. Kind and generous are always paramount.
He recently read a series of tweets where he commented on how kind and generous other people had been. Highlighting that there is, in fact, kindness in our cruel world.
Because, in our world, in our country, in our communities, in our schools, we have a problem. We have a problem of the heart. Yes, you can blame it on guns, or violence, or the Democrats, or the Republicans. You can blame it on the fact that I love the color pink, but you don’t. On the fact that I believe something that you don’t. And because we have different beliefs, I have to hate you, because you’re different.
What all of that boils down to is one thing. One thing only.
At some point in history, and everyone is probably going to have a different opinion on this. And because everyone is going to have a different opinion on this, I’m not going to pinpoint one specific thing. Because that isn’t the point here. What is the point is that at some point in our history we decided that hate was going to win.
Ok, maybe it was less of a cognitive decision and more of a we knuckle under because the overwhelming amount of hate that was being thrown in our direction could only be combated with even more hatred.
That isn’t going to solve anything. That’s going to exponentially make matters much worse.
But somewhere along the line, we decided that if someone was going to be evil and ugly to me, we would respond in kind.
Dear friends, there is a solution to this awful situation that we are ensconced in. Is it easy? Absolutely not. Is it worth it? Absolutely yes.
Be a little bit more like Tom Hanks.
Do you want to stop school shootings? Do you want to stop domestic violence? Do you want to stop the social media based civil war that this country is in the middle of?
Fix the heart issue.
If you fix the heart issue, all of the other issues just cease to exist. Because instead of spewing negativity and hatred towards one another, we send out love and generosity and kindness and open mindedness.
Does this mean that we all need to agree on, well, everything?
But guess what?
Because we don’t have to agree on every single thing to be kind to one another.
It’s as simple as that.