It happened again. A brutal attack on innocent people. Actually it has happened several times in just the past couple of weeks. I keep trying to find a way to emotionally respond to these horrific events without subsuming to fear. That is exactly what THEY want.
This time I was settled in with my three dearest friends from college in a mountain cabin for our semi-annual escape. If only we could escape completely. Without wi-fi, our computers or cable we came close, but those blasted smart phones let the world invade with the news.
To be honest, we acknowledged it happened, but we didn’t discuss it. I’m sure in their hearts, like mine, there was sadness and anger, but we needed to focus on each other right then. One of my friends had not been with us for about 12 years. We needed to live in that moment together.
I would love to hear how other people handle these events. My reaction is often to “circle the wagons” (if you happen to not know U.S. history that term comes from the wagon trains going West making a circle to contain the women, children, livestock, etc. and be in a defensible position against attack). I want to gather those close to me and know that they are ok. Evidently I am not the only one. In the past year I have noticed that people who have been important to me over the years, but for whatever reasons, have drifted away are suddenly showing back up. I have been looking for a couple of people that I lost touch with over the years as well.
The sense of having no control may be the most maddening part of this modern life. Maybe that is too selfish. When I put it in perspective, somewhere on this earth during every age in time, people have felt this way. This is not new. Barbarians have invaded, armies have attacked, religions have killed in the name of God or gods over all the centuries. This is our time and we must deal just like they had to.
Someone should have written a self-help, how-to book long ago.
I just wrote that sentence then had a “duh” moment. For those of us who are of the Jewish or Christian faith, we do have a self-help, how-to book. The Old Testament or Torah is full of battles, invasions and faith in brutal times. The New Testament has 365 “do not fear” passages. I will admit that is easier said than done. It does underscore the fact that fighting fear is a daily battle sometimes and has been for a very long time.
For now I will continue to cherish and love those around me, concentrate on the work that needs to be done, be thankful for the beauty of this earth, the everyday blessings and pray for safety, peace and comfort for those directly affected by the horrors of this world and the rest of us as well.
Next week is Thanksgiving here. I doubt there will be an actual post written, but I wish you a wonderful week. May it be peaceful and full of love and laughter. Pie. May you enjoy lots of pie as well!
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