I had planned to write on a different topic for today. But then in yesterday's inbox I discovered a beautiful message from Jennifer Louden (whose books and writings I've enjoyed for years).
her message she spoke about not turning to despair after last week's
horrific violence because she "saw people everywhere responding to the
horror in their own noble way." She saw love, compassion and caring. She
saw people, as she says, "with eyes wide open. Daring to see." And I
thought of how true that is. We've seen it in the U.S., too, when
horrible things happen: It brings out the best in many people—and they
reach out to one another with compassion and caring.
Here's what she said that I found so beautiful: "You can answer to the call to be a citizen of the world. You can refuse this call—there
are plenty of days I want to—but the cost of refusing is high. It means
closing your heart to the wounded parts of humanity and thus the
wounded parts of yourself—and so much breaks down when we do this. It
means buying a story of separation. It means perhaps believing you have
no voice and no ability to shape the world into a more fair and bright
place, that your efforts don't matter. I don't believe that. I will never believe that."
said that connecting with others can fuel real change. Yes, I believe
that, too. And there's really nothing I can add to her wonderful words.