It’s been a crazy week everyone. I don’t just mean homework and closing in really fast on midterms. I mean there were tragedies in Boston and Texas and the bomb threat just yesterday. Life gets kind of scary sometimes and when bad things happen they are all we can think about and it becomes very easy to lose hope.
But please remember that good exists. Let me say that again, GOOD EXISTS. It’s not always breaking news or a front page story but it is real. The small daily kindness adds up to something much greater than the terrible events that transpire sometimes. I ask that you use this time to examine what and who is really important in your life. If you love someone tell them, if there is a grudge you’ve been holding let it go, if you made a mistake, apologize and if someone else did, then forgive.
Today and every day, offer a smile to a stranger that needs it, offer an ear to a friend having a hard time, spend a day helping the less fortunate, and spend a day hanging out with your family. Tell the important people in your life just what they mean to you. Let go of your pride, your ego, your fear, live honestly and openly. And if you think these things are not enough, that they are drops in the bucket compared to the bad then please look harder. We are all connected in an infinite web of humanity and every action has reverberations that touch each one of us. Here is my ode to good, asking you to help me overwhelm that web with good vibes that will drown out the bad. I’m asking you all to be good to eachother, kind, gentle, brave, understanding, and loving especially when life gets difficult and frightening.
You may be an individual but what you do matters even if you can’t see it right away.
I’ll leave you with three quotes from three great philosophers:
“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.” –Fred Rogers
“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”- Dalai Lama
“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
― A.A. Milne (author of Winnie The Pooh)