350. Don’t forget about the light.

I’ve been following the news with a heavy heart recently. From the US shootings, to the rise of hate crime in the UK post-Brexit, and today, the Istanbul bombings.

It’s easy to despair. I constantly question how the world will look like in the future, and as I teach my kids, I wonder how their future will pan out. What kind of world are we living in?

Then I’d remember Fred Roger’s quote: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.”

Sometimes the world can be a dark place. What’s important is that we don’t forget about the light that follows it.

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I saw this quote written on a wall as I left the Sebrenica Massacre Memorial Museum (will share more in good time). We must be the one responding with love and light. There’s no question about being quiet and living our own lives in the dark now. We’re all going to be affected. We can’t fight hate with more hate. We must look to those who refuse to respond out of hatred or vengeance, but instead with a message of love and peace. That’s how humanity wins.

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