Violence, terror and fear have hit us again. Again.
My daughter begs us to move out of this violent country. I am nearly convinced that it would be best for me to stay in the house, shut in with my pets. I am starting to go numb on the inside. I resist putting myself in the shoes of the victims and their families. I resist fully feeling the impact, because I am not ready to hurt more. My heart is still in Newtown.
But then I’m struck by the goodness, heroism and resilience of the human spirit. People ran toward the explosion to help. They saved lives because they did not give in to fear. They give me hope.
Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of overcoming. -Helen Keller
Our hearts are breaking for the people of Boston, but we will not cower in fear. We will grieve together, band together to try to ease their suffering. We’ll pour out our love to strangers. Again.
It is the law of love that rules mankind. Had violence, i.e. hate, ruled us we should have become extinct long ago. – Ghandi
It’s tempting to stop feeling, to push back the emotions in the face of brutality. It’s risky to open up, reach out and run towards the explosions in life. It takes tremendous courage.
Look deep beneath that courage. You will always find tremendous love.
I never look at the masses as my responsibility; I look at the individual. I can only love one person at a time – just one, one, one. So you begin. I began – I picked up one person. Maybe if I didn’t pick up that one person, I wouldn’t have picked up forty-two thousand….The same thing goes for you, the same thing in your family, the same thing in your church, your community. Just begin – one, one, one. -Mother Teresa