It’s pretty easy these days to get, well, depressed about the direction of our world. With terrorist attacks, school shootings, and just a whole lot of bad news that is perpetually playing on our 24-hour news cycle, it’s hard to see the bright side of things. Does it even exist anymore?
Yes. It does.
“There is more good than bad in this world, more light than darkness. And YOU can make more light.”
Hearing bad news and seeing problems that are much bigger than the monsters under our bed can make us feel pretty small and powerless. But I think that in these times, its decision time. You can choose to consciously participate in the betterment of the world, or you can let the proverbial “things” fall into place. I think that Mr. Rogers had it right when he said:
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say ‘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.”
And all it takes is deciding to be a helper. Making a difference in the little ways that you are capable of doing. If we ALL did what we are capable of, it would our world literally unrecognizably beautiful. And as someone who already sees the world as a beautiful disaster, I don’t know how that could get any more true.
When it comes to big scale tragedies, it’s definitely hard to think that we can be effective “helpers,” as Mr. Rogers said. But even in our daily lives, we face tragedy and hardship. It’s important to remember that hurting is okay, feeling pain is natural, and its healthy to go through these emotions.
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” [credit: Elizabeth Kubler-Ross]
So what can you take away from this jumble of thoughts I’ve just thrown at you? I will attempt to summarize.
– The world is a scary place. Lots of bad things are happening.
– The same world that is scary with lots of bad things is also beautiful, if we think about it.
– If we so choose, we can be the light that the world needs.
– Lending a hand, however small and seemingly insignificant it may be, makes a difference.
– We should attempt to find beauty in the pain, learning from the experiences.
– Beautiful people are the result of struggles in life, and it’s okay to be that person. (We aren’t perfect, so being sad/in pain is okay).
– If you’re the person trying to find your “way out of the depths,” remember to “look for the helpers.”
Where are you on this list? Are you a helper, or in need of one? And what can YOU do to make this beautiful mess that we live in a bit better for everyone?
Please, comment with reactions to this jumble. 😉
Verse for the night – instead of a Bible verse, I’m doing a quote. Go figure.
“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.” – Albert Einstein