Our media dominated world saturates us with news 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The news is not good; in fact most of it is terrible. The tragedy of war, the broken bodies carried out of the smoking rubble, those lives now gone. The shooting deaths that have been happening at our schools where far too many innocent victims have perished in what appear to be senseless and tragic murders. The many people that are suffering with illness.
Just about everyone knows someone whose family has been turned upside down by cancer. The loss of a loved one through illness, an accident or as a victim of a senseless tragedy can leave many feeling utterly hopeless. If all we considered was the bad, the repugnant or tragic, the world could become a very dark and very sad place to inhabit. There is far more good in the world than bad if we look for it and therein lays a source for hope.
Notice the teenager that opens the grocery store door for the elderly lady and her response, “why thank you young man.” After you have been sitting at an intersection for what seems an eternity, someone looks you right in the eye and motions for you to go as a smile breaks across their face.
When Irene hit the Northeast many people came to help others they knew or didn’t know at all, some having lost so much of their own possessions yet willing to share what little they had left.
While we hear about tragedy every day and it can become a heavy weight, it does serve as a reminder that as Cat Stevens sang so profoundly, “We are only dancing on this earth for a short time.” No one knows when their last day will be, whether you are eight or eighty-eight, the uncertainty of life does not discriminate, it is real for every one without regard to wealth, power, fame, age, race or religion.
While staying informed is important, too much negative news is simply too much. Balance your news intake by visiting websites like Daily Good or Happy News among others. There you will find many inspiring stories about people taking care of others or putting others ahead of themselves, these stories remind us that there are good and caring people among us.
If you have ever had a difficult experience in a job or in a relationship, than you know that there are times that hope for a better time may be all that sustains you. If your circumstance is particularly problematic than it can become difficult to be truly present as you are too often deferring to your interior space where hope compels you to go. It then becomes necessary to balance the energy and time spent hoping for a better circumstance and actually using energy in the present moment to seek out that which hope directs you to find, a better circumstance.
“Though no one can go back to make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” (Anonymous) Sometimes adults forget that children, though somewhat limited in their understandings of tragic events or dark moments in life, they are not immune to the powerful energy that circulates around these events. In dealing with this dark energy in positive ways you will be teaching the children around you a very important lesson.
Everyone has down times or a difficult time, what is more important is what you do to get back up and going again. Life can be and is messy at times and there are important choices to be made when these dark times arise.
Change takes courage; courage comes from hope for a better day.
Remember all kids count.
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