I had a great week! Some amazing and fun things are falling into place at work. I got to hear one of my favorite educational thinkers in person, and she was as good as I’d always hoped she would be. Two of our district’s football teams won in the semi-finals and are headed to state. And best of all, my niece Logan was born. It was a terrific week!
Then I got home from football Friday night and turned on the news. I’d seen glimpses of what was happening in Paris, but I had not slowed down to absorb the full weight of the attacks. My heart broke, like it does every time I see the devastation wrought when evil and anger and ignorance manifest themselves in our world.
I am overwhelmed with sadness and fear and anger at the hate. I am grief-stricken for the family and friends of those who lost their lives. And I am worried for the wounded, in body and in spirit, whose journey to healing will be difficult and long.
The world can be a hard place.
Life ebbs and flows in even an average week. And we’ve all had days that were anything but average when things went wrong and life got hard…sometimes very hard. I have had bad things happen in my life. My friends have had worse.
But for every story of pain and loss, there is a story of strength and resilience.
“The heart of life is good.” (John Mayer)
I am resisting the urge to be fearful of the world our precious Logan has just entered. I do not want her life to be about fear. I want her life to be about joy!
According to the US Census Bureau, about 251 babies are born every minute. Every minute! That’s 251 opportunities every 60 seconds to change the world.
As I’ve said in the past, I am not burying my head in the sand and ignoring the very real threats to our physical, psychological, and societal well-being. The world can be a terrible place, but if I choose to see the worst in it, I am doomed to a life of fear. I am of little use to the people who need me most. I will not let that be Logan’s reality.
I choose to see the best in the world. I choose to embrace the stories of compassion and support that were being reported alongside the devastation in Paris. I choose think about the heroes who ran toward the violence in an attempt to save lives. I choose to celebrate the people in my own life who have overcome horrific events with grace and positivity. I choose to think about the 251 babies born every minute who can be loved and nurtured and taught to care for our world.
I am a change agent. You are a change agent. Our world can be changed. And in the meantime, there is more right than wrong with people. There is more good than bad in the world. There is more love than hate.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?” (Marianne Williamson) That’s what I’ll teach Logan!