Dreams really do come true. Keep dreaming!
My word for today is serenity. This word caught my attention in the wee hours of the morning yesterday, as I was reading Simple Abundance. Tucked in the middle of a paragraph were the words …we carry our serenity with us.
It’s been an awful week of news and this is just a small reporting of it. While the United States has yet to heal from the Sandy Hook Shootings and all the previous shootings before that, on Monday we were hit with the heartbreaking horror at the Boston Marathon. On Wednesday, there was the earth shattering devastation from a fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas. And for weeks now, North Korea’s leader has been threatening his nuclear muscle power and far too many wars are still ravaging throughout parts of the world. While nature wreaked havoc with earthquakes and floods and spring blizzards all across the globe, we were all reminded yet again, how fragile and vulnerable life can be.
I’m thinking serenity is a good word to ponder and carry with us this weekend. Even the synonyms for serenity (per Merriam-Webster) are powerful and beautiful words.
While catastrophic accidents and the aftermath of natural disasters can leave us broken and battered, when a fellow human being senselessly decides to randomly destroy innocent lives, it is beyond our ability to comprehend.
I am always grateful and proud to be an American. This week had me standing taller and prouder and feeling more united, along with 315+ million others, than ever before. The name, our name, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA seemed to resonate in my thoughts and throughout these days. I am once again renewed and reminded what these amazing and simple words truly mean.
I was with many of you this week, holding my breath (often through tears) watching the news, and later waiting for the police and FBI agents to find the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings. Thanks to their valiant efforts and courage, along with watchful citizens, sheltered in place, they were able to finally apprehend Suspect Number 2.
As this case unfolds, we will wait to see if we ever find out why these young men did such cowardly and horrific acts of violence. Did someone or some group train them or put them up to these acts? What class or lesson or rule did Suspect 1 and 2 miss, not learn, or decide to ignore? Why couldn’t they have chosen serenity and love and empathy, instead of choosing to carry bombs in their backpacks? How did they miss the message to love one another?
My heart breaks for everyone who is left to pick up the pieces of their lives, be they from Boston, or Texas, or miles and oceans away.
Bullying has become just one of the many hot topics we hear and read about every day. Schools and teachers and administrators are under fire to stop children from bullying. Parents are encouraged and reminded to teach their children appropriate behavior and to stress the rules, including or maybe especially the GOLDEN RULE – to treat others the way you want to be treated.
Isn’t that the key? If everyone practiced or lived by this simple rule, wouldn’t it be a different world? I firmly believe each and every human being on the planet has the potential to make a difference in the world. And it doesn’t take big action or a lot of time to make a difference in someone’s life today; it is just making a choice to do it.
The world, especially the world right where we are at this very moment in time, can be a different place…one hand holding moment, one word of gratitude, one act of kindness, one wave, one hug, or one smile at a time.
And just maybe there is someone, or a lot of some ones needing a reminder of the basic rules for being human. I did a little digging and found these saved words by Dr. Chérie Carter-Scott. I thought they were worth sharing.
The Rules for Being Human
Dr. Chérie Carter-Scott