As I was sitting in the green room of a Twin Cities talk show, preparing for my segment on bullying, news broke about the Boston Marathon bombing.
Even though I was in a news station, it was eerily calm. Like we were watching the footage deep underwater. Frantic runners fleeing from the finish line, policemen carting victims with blood stained faces and bodies, and reporters informing us of something that has become all too familiar. . .
Chaos, premeditated terror, human beings hurting other human beings.
My segment and the entire show ended up being cut and I left. . .
Driving home, I connected to this world in a different way than ever before. Flying down the highway, I noticed the drivers of passing vehicles…I wondered who they were, how they feel, if they like their life, and if they were thinking the same. Then I looked at the concrete jungle that we live in and thought about “how we got here” and the unending connectedness through media and technology. At that moment all those things felt so foreign to me. I became profoundly sad.
I longed for a true sense of connection and realness that is grounded into this Earth. Fresh air to breathe, genuine smiles, trust, a community based in love and peace that works for the greater good of all, and everyone’s life path.
I wondered how we as spirit-beings in human form got to this point. Where bombings, mass shootings, bigotry, and bullying lingers in the wings, waiting to return. Again, sadness.
But I can only remain sad for so long. I know that right now and in every moment, we have the opportunity to feel all those great things about our world.
It’s time to find the good, the helpers, the doers, the changers.
It’s time to be love, be light, be YOU, give love, give light, give YOU.
Just like Martin Luther King, Jr. said:
“Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars…hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
Are you ready?