Context: This was written in response to the murder of Philando Castile and the subsequent assassination of 5 Dallas police officers in July of 2016.
I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty drained.
We had quite a week last week in the United States of America. One that continues to show us opportunities in which we can work towards equity, justice and understanding.
Everyone by this point knows all the tragedy that we faced, so I won’t rehash that.
What I will say is that I saw a large number of people asking “how can I help?” It really reminded me that most of us want to help. The late, great Fred Rogers (aka Mr. Rogers) has one of the best quotes about this I’ve ever heard:
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.”
So as we enter a new week, I trust that you (like me) are looking for answers and hope, and I believe we will find those both in looking for the good and being the good we want to see in the world.
I know I mentioned it last week, but if you haven’t yet seen the video telling the Oasis Venture story, please watch it. And if you are so moved, please share it with someone. It is one of the ways we are trying to help.
Also, last week was the culmination of many bad things that have been happening for a long time. Let’s not only be moved to action when it gets this bad. There are plenty of things we can do when we don’t have tragedies to make things better.
Finally, take care of yourself. I know I have felt much more anxiety over the last 7 days than I normally do. It’s hard to find peace in the middle of such aggravating encounters happening in real life, social media etc. Make sure that you are taking time out to find peace for yourself in the midst of all this chaos. If you don’t help yourself, you can’t help anyone else.
I really hope this week is better than last week, for all of us. And I’m really grateful for you.
To the helpers,