The worst mass shooting in U.S. history, 12 months in a row that were the hottest months ever recorded through April, growing poverty, mistrust and bigotry all provide many reasons for despair. It is easy to feel overwhelmed and apathetic, yet we must not give up hope.
Confucius provides hope for times of despondency. “It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.” There are many ways we can do this. Be a voice and teacher of peace, understanding, acceptance and compassion. Reach out to those in need, whether with money and gifts or time, presence and kindness. Reduce our carbon footprint and demand climate and clean-air action from our local and national leaders for a brighter future.
If there is something in the world that outrages you, then join a group that fights to solve that problem; there is great power and hope found in numbers and community. Most importantly, it is critical that we choose to light our candle with action and love, dispelling the darkness of apathy, division and violence.