I don’t really have any plans for this post. I don’t have a draft, notes, or intentions behind my writing this time. I don’t know exactly how to phrase this well, but I think my title does it simply enough: I am sad.
I am sad to hear and read about the constant terrorist attacks occurring all over the world. I am heartbroken to hear of yet another mass shooting on U.S. soil in San Bernardino, California. I am devastated to learn that in my own city, in my own backyard of King County, there are over 10,000 homeless individuals sleeping on the streets every night. I’m torn up. I’m appalled. I’m in shock. Because this is the world we all live in.
I’m a sensitive creature. These issues have been weighing on me day in and day out for years, but especially lately. I’m a busy body, a scheduled maniac. I am constantly running from one thing to the next and I’m starting to realize that maybe it’s partly because when I slow down to look at the world around me, I feel hopeless. Perhaps staying busy is my way of coping, of distracting myself from what’s really going on.
I have so many convictions, beliefs, theories about this life and the next, but I can’t make sense of this violence. I can’t make sense of this pain.
Humanity is flawed; we’ve been killing, beating, torturing, and terrorizing each other for all of our existence. We’ve also been loving, uplifting, empowering, and living with each other for all of our existence. But where is that now?
It’s clear to me that I am a bystander in all of this chaos. I don’t know quite what to do, so I have been doing nothing, besides reading the news articles, and shedding tears when stories hit particularly close to home. But my words have carried little weight as my actions have been next to non-existent.
It’s clear to me that I am overwhelmed. It’s clear to me that I am not alone in this. But nothing will change if I do not change. Nothing will shift if I do not get off my ass and act on what I stand for. Nothing will progress forward if I do not pop the bubble I live so comfortably in.
I stand for Love. I stand for compassion, community, laughter. There are daily little ways to demonstrate those values I hold, and there are much larger ways as well. More importantly, it’s time to stop sitting down, taking a back seat, and ignoring the state our world is in.
I believe in the Goodness and Light and Love that is all around us. Despite the everyday horrors we are facing day in and day out, I know that Love will always win. But saying and doing nothing is synonymous with being on the opposite side of Love. I will no longer be complacent. I will no longer use my feeling of hopelessness as an excuse. It’s time to make Love a daily habit, a daily action, and a daily verb. Are you with me?
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