So, I’ve been away for a while. Two years ago, my mom passed away suddenly. Upon her passing, I inherited my Dad who had dementia. Caring for my Dad as he declined, while mourning my Mom, was exhausting and excruciating. In December of last year, my Dad joined my mother. Or, as Fr. William Byron, SJ would put it, “He went to join the majority.” I love that perspective.
I’m slowly finding my words again.
So, the other day I was driving when a song came on the radio that touched me. I’ve heard the song probably a thousand times, but this day it really spoke to me. The song was “Do Something” by Matthew West.
It touched me because I was feeling saddened and frustrated by the onslaught of bad news from around the world. Hurricanes, earthquakes, shootings, wildfires, prejudice, and, of course, the endless political polarization around the world. It seems like everyplace I turn there’s more bad news – or at least not good news. Where is the good news? Why don’t we see good news reported over and over every hour on every media outlet? Why is it only the bad news that gets hammered into our heads repeatedly?
Don’t get me wrong. There have been many really bad, awful events. But, in every situation, we have also seen good people step up. We have seen people rise up to save others from drowning, to house people who lost homes, dig through the rubble to find survivors, and shield strangers from bullets with their own bodies. And, often, these people have been strangers. There is good news out there. The world is not all dark, despite the moments of darkness.
So, in my little corner of the web, I will be focusing on the light. Because, as St. Francis of Assisi said,
“All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.
Check back often for a little bit about the light. I will be sharing thoughts – my own and others – that inspire us to “look on the bright side.” When you visit, leave your thoughts too – let this be a little forum where we all share the light and spread that light together!