How did we get to such a society, a world, of such fear?

Today the news featured so many people -people trampling over each other to get ‘the vaccine’; -everyone is trying to jump up, over, around someone, saying ‘I pay more taxes, I should be first’, or ‘nurses before inmates’, or ‘teachers before seniors’. Insanity. We, the whole entire world, have endured this for so many months- would another week really make that much of a difference to those who wait? How do you choose, this one yes, that one no? Could the mother choose between her daughter and her son? The father between his uncles? What has happened to us? It is so sad, all so futile and nonsensical.

I wish that we could all stop for just a moment, and think about how our actions and our words affect those around us. And then those around them. And then those around them. I wish we could all have a moment of clarity and follow that ripple of our single action. How each and every one of us matters, no less, no more. I wish we could all understand that we are like a tapestry, all twined together, but if viewed from above, how beautiful that must be. I wish that each one of us could see value in the other. In ourselves. Would we change? Could we?

Today I will start with me. That is all I can do. Will it make a difference? Maybe. But it won’t if I do nothing. Today, I choose kindness.

Elanor Roosevelt was an amazing lady; I wish I could have known her and sat at her knee for a bit, but I imagine her shaking that off, telling me to get up, get busy, get moving…still…The rest of Elanor’s quote is “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” I wish for the world to see that, to move forward with that. I imagine she was kind.