The world was rocked yesterday when yet another random of act of senseless violence took place during the Boston marathon. As yet there is no clear indication of who perpetrated this act or why. Some terrorist=st groups have laid claim to it but no one knows who is to blame or what the motives were.
What we do know is that tragedy brings out the best in people. There are stories being told , already, of those that rushed towards the mayhem to assist others , you can read one here.
Comedian, Patton Oswald posted on Facebook and it has gone viral. Best line, in my opinion, of his post?
when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just
garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye
and think, "The good outnumber you, and we always will."
So while we are all still in the state of asking "Why could this happen? Why would any one do such a thing?" and a million other whys, lets pause and ask what we are doing to change it?
Gandhi stated that we need to be the change that we want to see in the world. Edmund Burke said The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
I guess we are all waiting for someone to come along and fix things and all the while we forget that we are someone.
The trouble is we have all gotten so used to playing small, to blending in, to not rocking the boat. We figure someone else will fix it but not us because we can't do anything. But as Marianne Williamson so famously said our playing small does not serve the world.
It really is time for our brilliance to shine forth. Why? Because the world can not take much more of this; the violence , the rapes, the myriad, small senseless acts of violence every day, the myriad large senseless acts of war everyday.
Yes, we are small but we are many and millions of small acts of kindness and love and hope every day. EVERY. DAY! will change the world. One small thing can cause a huge ripple effect and who knows how far those ripples will spread?
Last year when my accountant had gotten me a nice sum of money back from the tax department I sent her this as a thank you. No big deal, right? Well I was talking to her recently and mentioned that I thought she was worth her weight in gold, forgetting that it was exactly what I had sent her last year and she told me that she had kept that bucket, on the top shelf of her pantry and looked at it every morning and it still made her smile. She has been an accountant for over twenty years and that was the first time she had received a thank you gift- ever! Such a small gesture on my part and yet it had made a lasting impact on her.
Now, imagine if we all tried to do one small thing every day, to make someone's day brighter what impact would that have on the world? So that is my challenge to you. Try it for a week, or a month or a year and then come back and share your stories.