This has one heck of a week in my world. A gunman opened fire on a group of concert goers in my country. A nineteen year old son of someone I know took his own life. An online friend had a baby born too soon in her family, and he is fighting for his life. My uncle is in the process of dying in hospice care and the preschool age nephew of a friend may need lifesaving surgery. There’s actually more, but I think you get the picture. It’s one of those weeks where you find out what you’re made of and how true you are to your life’s calling.
Shut down, step up or both
When I heard about the gunman in Las Vegas earlier this week, my writing seemed so trivial and unimportant, and in the grand scheme of most people’s lives, it is. What I realized the next day, though, kept me going. it inspired me to write more because that’s what I’m called to do. You see, every time something like this happens, we have choices. We can shut down or step up. Sometimes we have to shut down for a moment or a day or longer to regroup. That is certainly understandable, but there is always an ultimate choice to shrink or grow through tragedy, especially when we are not directly affected. I choose to grow
Regrouping and rededicating to your calling
After regrouping, I know I am called to help people. While it may seem trivial to help people with meal planning, keeping their home livable and thinking about life differently, we all have to navigate life even when tragedy strikes. Moms still have to follow their calling by feeding their babies, keeping clothes clean and keeping their homes as safe as they can for their family. Those moms may also need someone to say to them that as tired and scared as they might be, what they do matters. So if you’re one of those moms, let me be clear. What you do matters. Every meal you put on the table whether fast food or homemade matters. Every load of laundry you wash, and every toy you pick up and put away matters. If you take a whole day to do nothing but watch movies with your kids from a blanket fort, that also matters because you’re making happy memories for your babies, and they need that too.
There are more good people than bad
Something else that struck me this week is this: we can do what we’re called to do in spite of what’s happening in the world or because of it. I believe in my heart of hearts that there are more good people in this world than bad. I believe the media tries to get us to believe otherwise because it’s good for ratings. By stripping away the labels and the name calling and the divisiveness in our hearts, we’ll find we’re more alike than different, and we can live in peace. If something disturbs your peace, perhaps that’s your calling nudging you to do something different with your life. It’s your choice how to answer that call, but I hope you’ll do it in the spirit of peace and of making the world a more loving place. If I can help with that, let me know and we can work together. Things that scare us will still happen, but maybe we can prevent one or two and we can certainly help others get through it.
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