And what I ought to do, by the grace of God, I shall do.
- Edward Everett Hale
Perhaps you have turned on the television recently and been distraught with the latest massacre that has taken place in this country. I can't help but sometimes feel helpless and hopeless that it seemingly occurs more and more frequently.
Maybe you have opened Twitter recently and been appalled with the way that our leaders have been behaving. I can't help but worry what kind of a message this is sending to our young ones.
After a recent white supremacist march that took place in Virginia, I literally had to check the calendar to see if I had mistakenly traveled back in time. I thought we were past this.
I don't like to talk about politics. I try to look for the positives; to find the bright spots. But, I'm frustrated.
The other day, I was so fed up with what I was seeing in the news I felt like yelling out of despair. Almost immediately, I was met with this inner voice, reminding me of the following:
Be the change you want to see in the world.
I think it's so easy to get frustrated. It's so easy to point fingers. It's so easy to become overwhelmed and lose hope. Yet I am reminded that if we want things to change, we have to change. We must focus on the things that WE can control. Mother Theresa says that if you want to change the world, starting in your backyard will do just fine.
We can only push out hate with love. Instead of cursing the darkness, we need to light more candles.