Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese democratic politician and peaceful thought leader, once said, “When you feel helpless, help someone.”
This quote will forever remain in my heart. Especially on days like today.
I had an entire post prepared highlighting two fun announcements about two very special upcoming events – but then two very poignant tragedies occurred. First, my dad told me that my grandma had fallen twice today and was being taken to the hospital. Then, I heard about the elementary school shooting in Connecticut. My heart was filled with sadness. I felt overwhelmed and so helpless.
Then, I remember Aung San Suu Kyi’s powerful words.
“What can I do?” I thought to myself. I picked up the phone and felt compelled to call a friend. I knew that whoever spirit was leading me to call was the right person. It turns out that amazing friend was in need of a positive pep talk, in the wake of certain tragedies going on in her own life. When we’re open, spirit guides us.
Today, we might feel an immense sense of sadness; we might feel overwhelmed; we will feel helpless. And that’s okay. We deserve to feel whatever it is that we feel because it is directly tied to our authentic truth. After you’ve felt those feelings and acknowledged their presence, extend a hand to someone else.
As crazy as it might sound, the people who commit these inconceivable acts need our love more than anyone in the world. The people who seem least deserving of our love are the ones who need it most. Anger creates anger. Hate creates hate – we’ve seen it unfold today. These men hate themselves so much that they inflict their hate onto others. The more we show love to them and everyone around us, the closer we get to what the world needs: love.
As A Course in Miracles says, “Darkness cannot survive in the light.”
If you’re feeling helpless and you help someone, comment here. Let’s share the love! xo