Our Choice

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The tragedy of life is not death, but what we let die inside of us, while we live. – Norman Cousins

Facing death and tragedy in our lives is becoming far more common than we ever imagined. For a long time tragedy was something that other people faced far away and if it did happen, it was never in the safety of our local community.

Unfortunately, we now have to face it may happen anytime, anywhere and that no one is immune.

So how do we wake up and live in this new world? Where can we express our feelings of fear, sadness and anger at these killings, without worrying if we will be judged or harmed?

Each of us has a responsibility to look within; to face our feelings about the pain in the world and learn how to express and nurture these emotions safely.

A radio station here in Australia, said we should round-up these “so-called” murderers and ISIS supporters and ship them out?  Ship them out where? And who are these murderers? They can be our next door neighbors, the local shop owner, or simply a young man lost and alone looking for direction and purpose in life.

We may feel vulnerable and fearful of the future, but we will always have control over our thoughts, feelings and actions.

Each day we get to decide, no matter what is going on in our world, whether we nurture and listen to ourselves or not. Our world within is what we can control and balance. It’s the only way we can begin to heal these gaping wounds.

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30 thoughts on “Our Choice

  1. Good post, Karen. We must seek to make amends for the wrongs that caused these actions, some dating back generations. We can only go forward with small steps towards hope and healing. ❤

  2. Spreading love, starting with ourselves, is the probably best way to fight hate and fear manifesting as violence against others. Very good post, Karen.

  3. Karen we all have a right to this life to be able to live it in peace and harmony but something so sadistic as involving innocent children to get attention, leaves me heart broken. To understand where this hate is coming from makes no sense to me if you involve innocent lives. There is no excuse for it. You take a life, you must pay for it but there are no quick answers to the problem when these people are willing to die for their cause. Yes, show your fellow man love and respect always by reaching out you may stop someone heading down that destructive path.

    1. Yes it’s a difficult situation to face anywhere in the world. I’m hoping when more people look at their inner turmoil within before the outer world we can learn to heal. Thanks Kath 💕

  4. Well penned, Karen. I am posting a quote and I think you will appreciate it.

    “An old Cherokee told his grandson, “My son, there’s a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies & ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy & truth. “The boy thought about this & asked, ‘Which wolf wins?'” The old Cherokee replied, “The one you feed”.

    This could be the answer. Peace. ♥

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