2013 is almost upon us and before another year flies past, i wanted to take a moment to reflect.
our world, our nation, our communities, and our personal lives have been hit with tragedies this past year. while we need time to heal, i take comfort in the loving kindness people have shown each other.
empathy is one of the most powerful gifts we have - it calls us to action, prompts us to give of ourselves, to cry with others, to show support and solidarity. when i am utterly overwhelmed by violence and hate in this world, i am reminded how much love there is too. quiet love like strangers praying for each other, sending cards and gifts. what else can you call it but love?
it inspires me to show more patience and kindness with my own family and friends, with strangers. i think of days when my heart was heavy and how a stranger showed me a small kindness that meant so much. it's been a smile when i needed to see a friendly face. it's been an anonymous card in the gym reminding me that weight is just a number. it's been prayers from people i've never met.
"be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle" - ian maclaren
we are all bound together by the simple fact that we live in this world together. the realization of that fact has the power to reach across countries, across religions, and brings us all a little closer.