Violence and more violence. Deep sigh. History is no longer repeating itself with each generation; it’s now repeating itself in shorter amounts of time. I have a lot of thoughts on all this violence and it’s systematic causes. I don’t want to bring up arguments or play into rhetoric because there is enough of it bombarding the news and our news feeds. I won’t play into the fear either because it paralyzes you. Things can only change when we think and respond differently. I won’t recommend holding onto hope this time, because I know hope can feel too intangible to fully grasp. In moments that we can’t understand, hope feels like a fairy tale.
Instead, I look for the light. I am thankful today for the Good Samaritan who is defined as “a kindly person who helps another in difficulty or distress” (dictionary.com). These “kindly people” appear, when fear is high, hope is lost and trouble is near. They provide refuge to the poor, homeless or those down on their luck. They give more than they can afford because the community needs it. They don’t think of their humanity if it’s a matter of keeping others safe and out of harms way. They don’t need money or reward and they are the kind reminder that we still are a community. The Good Samaritan acts because it’s the right thing to do; they are a living example of leading with love. We all have the capacity within to be a Good Samaritan. Have we missed our opportunity or would we even rise to the occasion if another is in need in the future? Who is the Good Samaritan in your life?