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?
Springtime makes it difficult to feel negative about earth and humanity, at least for me.
We live in a world where flowers grow on trees and in the cracks of cement sidewalks and somehow I am supposed to believe that our world is somehow flawed? It’s hard to focus on “evil” when all you can see is the triumph of beauty over decay. It is true that humankind is determined to destroy all of this beauty, for gain and wealth and progress, and it’s good to remember that although nature and the earth can flourish without humans, we cannot progress without it.
God, as our creator envisioned a beautiful world for us, and made humans in his own image. It’s silly to believe that He didn’t design us (and our world) for good things. Even though we, in our own strength, our flawed and imperfect, that doesn’t mean we were designed to be evil or mean. We were created to be beautiful and to love and that’s what I see when I spend time in the garden. Dirt, dusty walkways, and fresh blooms growing towards the sunlight.