Friday, April 19, 2013

Another week of chaos

This week has been unbelievable.  From family dramas to global tragedies to meetings (lots and lots of meetings), I am pretty tired.  On top of all of this, I have had a multi-day migraine event.  I thought I would get a chance to catch my breath, but it doesn't look like that will happen for a few more weeks.  I'm tired, but I have seen some reasons to celebrate a midst some very bad news.  Today, I am at a joint Advocacy Day for PTA members   I will be listening to the local elected officials talk about the future of education in California, and I will be looking for ideas as to how to better support students locally, and globally.

As we all wait for more news about who is responsible for the terrible tragedy in Boston on Tuesday, there are bright spots to watch.  Heroes who ran toward danger to help others should be applauded and honored. They remind us that world is still full of compassion and beauty.  People all over the world, especially people who have every reason to think poorly of Americans due to the political machinations of our leaders, have beautifully and silently shared their love and compassion via the internet.  Women in Kabul, boys in Bahrain, comedians here in the States have all made an effort to react with good intentions and love rather than fear and hatred.  There are those who are valiantly fighting racism and fear to remind everyone that the facts aren't yet in and that we shouldn't jump to conclusions.  People of Boston opened their homes to shelter people displaced by the bombings, and the Red Cross had to turn blood donors away.

At the same time, half way around the world, Pakistan is recovering from a strong earthquake.  People who were shocked and saddened by Boston have shaken off their hurt to send love to the Pakistanis affected by the quake.  We are all connected, and always have been, but the global access to the internet really highlights that we are never truly separate or alone.

Young people are finding their voices and speaking out against discrimination and bullying.  One young man overcame his fear of public speaking to stump Rick Santorum. A courageous girl in West Virginia is standing up to a bullying principal and a faith based, scientifically inaccurate sex ed presentation to demand that students not be submitted to such assemblies at public schools.

J.K. Rowling's brilliant creation of the Harry Potter world gives us a quote which we should never forget:     

"Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light." 

I hope that each of you can find something positive and light filled to see in the world this week.  If you can, please consider donating a little bit of spare cash to the international aid organizations or blood to your local blood bank.  Help a neighbor, send a message of peace and love to those still waiting for help from a dizzying array of tragedies globally.  Share something inspiring, spread good information when you see ignorance being shared.  Turn on your light.

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