As many of my colleagues in the blogging world, have mentioned, it doesn't make sense to write about the usual things today. I originally toyed with the idea of not writing anything at all, because honestly, my thought was what I could possibly say today that hasn't been said already?
Then I woke up.
Being from Rhode Island, many of my friends live in Boston. I have people who I am connected with there and also friends from here in NY who were visiting yesterday. So far all of them are ok. When I think of how something so horrible happens, I am frustrated and angry that this kind of thing happens and has been happening more and more recently. The people who do these things are takers. They take lives, they take attention, they take credit, they take media, and they continue to take and as the reports continue to come in and I see more and more taken from us, my initial reaction is of course anger and frustration.
Then I stop.
Then I ask what the opposite of taking is.
I can't stop anyone from taking, but what I can control is what I give.
So today I went out and I gave a lot.
I gave advice.
I made introductions.
I wrote a blog and gave it to the internet, because the only way I can see to deal with a world in which so many people are taking and draining us of kindness and compassion is to fill that bucket back up with kindness and compassion. I will continue to give whatever I can to help.
We will never be able to stop people from taking things from us and that statement may get me in trouble, because some would argue we can do so by force, but I'm hard pressed to find anything we have done that came from a place of taking from someone else that actually worked out.
No, our biggest accomplishments have come from what we give. They come from reaching out and connecting, from sharing resources, and helping one another through difficult times like these.
So I wrote today.
Maybe it will be read by three people.
Maybe it will be read by 300.
Whatever the case is, today is a day that reminds us how important it is to give because the takers are out in full force and the world is continuing to lose the good.
We gotta keep putting that good back in.
Drip, drip, drip.
One post at a time.
And that's why I wrote today.
I hope it helped.