The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people. – Martin Luther King,Jr.
The tragedies around the world are a stark reminder that we have no control over what people decide to do to each other. However, we do have complete control over our thoughts and actions after these events.
Making a conscious effort each day to be present and aware of our fears, sadness, anger and melancholy is a start. Acknowledging these feelings and emotions within, is just as important as learning to let them go.
These tragedies remind us again and again of the fragility of life and how precious this moment is. Each day we have an opportunity to use love and acts of kindness as our contribution. Each day we can make a conscious effort to speak kindly to others, to let go of our judgment and to open our hearts with compassion for those who feel overwhelmed and lost.
We can choose to focus on injustice, death and wrong doing, or we can focus on practising kindness and peace. Each of us can make a difference.