So I have committed to writing a new blog post every Sunday. I have made this commitment to no one other then myself. Occasionally I will post during the week, like I did this week (my published poem!!!) For my Sunday posts I want to write original pieces, one that reflects on what I did, lessons I have learned and what I have seen in the week that has passed. Sometimes these are things that I have started writing early in the week other times I sit down and just type. Very easily I have found inspiration.
With the tragedy that we saw this week, many innocent lives being lost in such a senseless act, and so many unanswered questions I have been at a loss for words the past few days. I also do not think that anything that I could write about what has happened would give due justice to the situation. When I think about my week in hindsight, when I think about my life and how it has transpired over the last few weeks, months and years, I know that things are not so bad for me (they are actually pretty good). I have a roof over my head in a community that I love, an abundance of food, I have had a formal education, I have had the opportunity to travel the world and I have people who I love and love me in all corners of this country.
I will spend my days appreciating what I have. I will not let time pass without recognizing those who have made a difference in my world. I will hug those I love a little bit tighter. I will smile more at strangers. I will go out of my way to make someone’s day. I will let go of the little things that bother me (or at least try). I will try. I will appreciate nature more. I will bring a level of mindfulness and presence to all interactions that I have. I will use my empathy to try to understand your story. I will listen more. I will take risks. I will let myself be vulnerable. I will forgive. I will not regret. I will love. I will be hopeful. I will have an open mind and heart. I will still be sad and angry and frustrated and I will allow myself to be all of those things. I will be.
What will you do?