As I sat reading about the most recent tragedy in Manchester this quote came to mind.
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." - Charles Dickens
In the worst moments, we see the best come out in people.
There is so much truth in that but I hate (a word I do not use lightly) that it takes the tragedies in life to bring out the best in us.
This weekend I was talking with a friend about how when we experience loss, a diagnosis, a tragedy in life, suddenly our blurry vision grows clear.
We see what matters in life and live out love without question. Tragedy gives us hearts that ache for those in need and a desire to act to help those in need.
And we do.
We live out love and light pours into the darkness diffusing the power of evil and allowing the truth of love to win, again.
Yet time passes and we slowly lose that perspective with our vision slowly growing blurry.
Before our vision grows blurry lets implant in our hearts the stories of those who opened their cars, homes and hearts to help in the midst of this recent tragedy. It is heart wrenching and heart warming in the same breath. We wish the moment never happened...Yet in this moment we see true love in action; barriers are removed, judgements laid down and people see beyond labels and into one another's eyes and hearts and love each other there.
This is what life is designed to be everyday yet why don't we live that way in between the tragedies?
I invite you to join me and take a moment to...
Pause. Breathe. Pray.
First, let's take a moment to send prayers, love, peace, and comfort to those mourning.
Next, let's go through all the times in life when the veil has been lifted and we see clearly how we are meant to live; to live out love to one another. Let's take those moments and infuse them in our hearts and minds. Let those moments be what we think about when we wake up in the morning, the times we felt most alive because we were living out love where it was needed.
Even though this event will pass, we need to remember that every day people are experiencing the worst of times; hunger, poverty, homelessness, sex trafficking, divorce, disease, bullying, etc. Yet every day we can choose to do what we can from where we are by blessings others with our time, energy and resources. We can be the ones volunteer at school, the homeless shelter, the children's hospital, the senior living home, etc. We can be the ones collecting donations for the hungry, those who need clothing, toiletries or medicine. We can be the ones writing letters to the child getting bullied, the sick neighbor, the lonely grandparent, the prisoner. We can be the ones raising awareness and/or funds to support a child in need, a widow who is struggling, a battered women's shelter, a family in mourning.
When we live this way it makes the worst of times for others better by diffusing the darkness with the light of our love. I know it's tempting to fall back into our bubbles and into the comfort of our daily lives. Yet I believe our lives will be much richer by choosing to pop the bubble of comfort and be the change we want to see in the world.
Let's each choose to live out love today.
Then the next day.
Moment-by-moment, day-by-day, let us unify in love and infuse the best of us into the worst times for others in honor of the lives lost in this tragedy, and so many others.
With love, peace and hope,