Today I come to you with a quick blog post. Each day, on Facebook, I check my memories on this day, from years and years ago, and one memory came up that I had forgotten about, yet it still holds so much truth. The gist of the memory was to behold the helpers.
Every day, through social media and day-to-day life, our world is filled with the “bad” because the media, and people in general, sadly thrive on controversy. What controversies am I referring to? Well take your pick….political bickering, religious bickering, fist fights, school shootings, child neglect, child abduction, child abuse, addictions overtaking people’s lives, acts of violence from terrorist shootings and bombings…you name it. Anything is a possibility these days.
I have come to a point in my life that if something political, controversial, or downright terrible pops up in my newsfeed, I simply hide it. My heart has trouble handling it. It drains my joy and evokes emotions and thoughts that distance me from the inner peace I want in my life. I am as guilty as anyone to reading or looking at such things, and in extreme cases, responding to them. The garbage steals our precious time, especially the more we give in to it.
The truly unfortunate thing is that we cannot always hit a hide button to escape the bad things. Sometimes these things happen in life and we must face them head-on. Attacks on us or our nation cannot be ignored. We must keep ourselves safe and be willing to help others. Good will should resonate in everything we say and do. That can directly and indirectly change the evil. Simple as that.
In conclusion, we need to remember this: society loves drama and a good debate, BUT that cannot be had when something as simple and objective as “goodness” and “happiness” come into play.
I wrote this Facebook status on April 15th, 2013. Definitely something to consider when bad things strike…
Such an unfortunate series of events unfolded today in Boston. I am just left shaking my head, wondering why people people resort to such acts of violence. As I watched the horror replayed over and over today, I looked a little closer and many people were taking the initiative to help in some way, and that reminded me that there is still a lot of good in the world.
The late Fred Rogers said the following and it is so appropriate today, “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.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers–so many caring people in this world.”
Behold the helpers in the midst of the bad! Be a helper!