This week has been challenging one for the world, with new acts of violence and terror, in a place that should have been safe, and those hurt were girls, teens and their mothers. Undoubtedly, people are angry and scared. If you are one of those people who believes that love makes a difference and that they way forward is hope, well, basically it’s hard to believe at a time like this isn’t it?
And this is easy for me to say, because I’m not there… I didn’t lose a loved one… but I think the answer is the same. One by one we have to make life better for individuals, until the good outweighs the bad. We can’t suddenly give up on trying to make the world better because it seems like the odds are too big. THEY ARE HUGE. THEY ARE OVERWHELMING. But I spent too many years assuming there was nothing I could do, and you know what? Nothing got done.
As I’ve gotten older, I realized how foolish it is to throw your hands in their air and let the world kill itself, which is really what apathy does. If you don’t fight for a better place, who will? And isn’t it better to try, than to do nothing, even if in the end it makes no difference? Find a way, any way, you can to make the world better for even one person and… right there, it IS making a difference. Do not despair. Do not be apathetic. Pray. Love. Hope. On the smallest level you can, until it becomes bigger.
These photographs were all taken at Hamilton’s Royal Botanical Gardens.
I know that I am incredibly blessed to live in a world that is so overwhelming beautiful.
I am so grateful that I have been blessed with the ability to see beauty, in ways not everyone can. It’s not something I taught myself. I cannot take credit for it.
My world is just so magical.
It feels so overwhelming at times. Like maybe it’s dangerous to see it all.
There is a catch, when the world is this beautiful… the pain is so heartbreakingly obvious, you cannot ignore it.
Don’t forget to help out someone in need. Someone struggling with mental health, someone poor, even just someone who feels alone.
They need you. Okay?
I’ve been thinking about why I’m a “bleeding heart” and I realized its because I want the world to exist in that idealistic way. I want a world where love is the norm, where we are consistently kind and thoughtful to each other. I want a world where we help the poor and needy or even more than that, where there aren’t any poor or needy because hope has infected enough people that they help each other and grow themselves.
I want a world where there is NO war, not holy wars or righteous wars or wars for democracy or war to free people, NO WARS!
And I only see the world heading in that direction through bleeding hearts and people who demonstrate radical love and peace and I’d rather err in being idealistic and naive and maybe something good happens than wallow in the cynicism I felt for so long. Cynicism about governments, love and mostly myself.
“It’s said that the biggest determinant of our lives is whether we see the world as welcoming or hostile. Each becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy”. – Gloria Steinem