I woke up tired today.
Tired of the negativity and fear that has been permeating through a season in which peace, joy, and gratitude are supposed to be paramount.
Saddened by constant news of hate and violence. Beat down by the anger and blatant use of force to achieve power.
I found my day dragging along with the weight of my emotions. My confusion and sadness highlighted by underpinnings of defeat at the thought of the world’s current state.
Defeat. Terror’s greatest and most powerful weapon.
Defeat hangs over the world and the world’s strongest and most jubilant inhabitants like a heavy fog. It drapes the love and the light of the season in a drab overcoat, blocking out whatever winds of peace, whatever inkling of positivity, may exist in our atmosphere.
It creates exhaustion and fear and sadness and it cultivates the belief in the inability to fight back; the tragic thought that goodness does not exist.
Fortunately for us we can turn defeat on itself, because there is goodness in the world. There is goodness and love in each and every day and in each and every person that we cross.
You see it in the smiling greetings that passing strangers share as they nod hellos while crossing the street.
You see it in the love that your children and spouses and pets and friends share with each other, with you.
And you see it in the beauty of the start of each new day.
And during this time of fear and confusion, a time in which hatred is threatening to defeat the gratitude and peace that the world deserves, we need to remember to hold our loved ones a bit closer. To share a smile with a stranger and thank those around you for being there. In spreading a bit of gratitude and joy to each and every person we meet in a given day, we are proving that love, acceptance, and peace will defeat hate.
Will defeat fear.
Will defeat, defeat.