I think it's helpful in these instances to take the advice of Mr. Rogers' mother. Her advice was, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." I've found this to be good advice. It shines with laser-like focus a light on the goodness within humanity. It shines a light on the love, compassion, kindness and generosity of humanity. I am comforted when my attention is not just focused on the suffering, but also on the caring.
These helpers inspire me to be caring, to be generous, and to be of service. Compassion is contagious, so is kindness and love and generosity. It inspires and gives each us of permission to open up our hearts and do the same. I think it's good advice to look for the inspiration, not just the sensation.
When we look for the helpers it energizes us to bring out more of that goodness that resides within each of us. When we look only at the grief and the suffering and the violence we forget that humanity is full of goodness and beauty and love and kindness.
So, maybe what's going on in the world is partly a call for us to recognize our humanity. To recognize our commonality. To recognize our connectedness and our interdependence. To recognize that when one suffers, we all suffer. To honor that we are all one. To ramp up our muscles of empathy, compassion, love, kindness, generosity, service, forgiveness, gratitude and grace.
Maybe what's going on in the world is partly a wake up call for us. A challenge to wake up and be more conscious. A call to stop skimming through life. A call to live with more awareness and intention.
And maybe what's going on in the world is partly a wake up call for us to honor the earth. To take better care of it. To pay attention.
I don't have the answers, but I'm contemplating what is going on and what the deeper meaning might be? I do believe that there are spiritual lessons to take away from these events. I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas on this topic. Please drop me a comment or send me an email.