What can we say about the events in Boston? So much pain and so much suffering, in Boston and all over the world. Our hearts ache in compassion for those impacted and those working to help, in Boston and all over the globe. In the last 72 hours, there have been bombings in our country and others, earthquakes with scores missing or dead, other natural disasters, other personal losses and so much pain and confusion. In times such as this, I think it’s human to want to retaliate, to add aggression to an already confused and painful situation, to want to strike out in our own pain and fear.
Whenever possible though, try to slow down. The human tendency is to break off into camps of “us” and “them,” to want to hurt someone because you are hurting so much. For just a moment, try something different. Stop blaming yourself or others for the fear and confusion you feel. Take a deep breath. Relax your shoulders. Come out of fight or flight. Let yourself feel gratitude and a moment’s peace, come back home to yourself. Think of those you love and let your heart open again. Stop watching the same scary video over and over. Be the peace and change you want to see in the world. Replace that turbulence inside with a sacred calm, that anxiety with a gentle relaxation. Breathe into the feelings and allow them to dissipate.
We’re all we’ve got, sweet friends, and we are enough. YOU are enough. Peace begins with a smile. Be gentle with yourselves today, and focus on the love you have for those around you. Breathe into that, and go forth in peace. It really does change things, in ways beyond your wildest dreams. You may not be able to hold back the darkness, but you can be the Light, and the light always overcomes the darkness. Always.
Here’s our Quote for the Day:
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'”
Mr. Fred Rogers
1928-2003, Educator, Minister, Songwriter, Author and Television Host
Today, look for the helpers. I promise you will see them everywhere.