posted on October 29, 2018
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” -MLK
We tend to ask “why,” after these all-too-often tragedies. To be brief, the why doesn’t matter. It’s done. People who were with us one day were gone the next. I received the news as I was training Saturday morning in the gym. It hit close to home for two reasons. This happened in Pittsburgh- our hometown- a place that is, or was, seemingly invincible. And Lindsey, our assistant manager, lives about a mile from the synagogue that was attacked. It brought to light a whole new perspective in regards to these “national” tragedies.
I’m not going to go down the political rabbit hole. That discussion has it’s time and place, but not here.
What ELSE can we do?
As I was sitting in the gym on Saturday, I scrolled through social media out of habit. I posted the first thing that came to mind…
We’re saddened by today’s events. Unfortunately there are people in this world that are lacking their own love and humanity. Grieve the lost. But find someone in your world that needs a little love and give it to them. A hello to a stranger. A text to someone you haven’t talked to in awhile. Anything to let them know that SOMEONE in this world does, in fact, care about them.
So, for selfish reasons, hug your family and friends a little tighter today and every day. Don’t leave things unsaid because tomorrow isn’t guaranteed.
And in an effort to improve your small community in this world, BE BOLD. Seek out those that hide in the cracks of society. For most it won’t come naturally. It will take courage. But it will be worth it.
The world IS a good place, unfortunately through these tragedies we are reminded that there are people out there that have been lost, mistreated, misguided, or missing love for so long in their lives that their only outlet is to hurt others. They try to make others feel their pain.
They don’t need our hate or our anger. They need our love. No, we can’t save everyone. But we can love our neighbors. We can show love to those that may not deserve love.
Marcus Aurelius said, “The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” It doesn’t sound logical to love someone who hurt you, or someone who may hate you, but love is the way.
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