What We Can Do About Boston

What We Can Do About Boston

“There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” Those are pretty simple criteria. We can do that.

A dear friend sent me this gift from his garden in the mountains of North Carolina. It came at the perfect time, a reminder of good and of God in the world. Thank you, James.

Jim's daffodils from Highlands
James's daffodils from Highlands. Photo by James Landon, fiddled with by Frances.

In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, it is tempting to want to crawl under the covers and never come out again. Don’t.

It is more important than ever today, now, to be a force for good. Be a bearer of light. Be positive. Be kind. Be involved. Be engaged. Care. Pray. Act.

The child you help, the hand you lend, the charity you give to, the vote you cast may all seem small gestures, but they aren’t. Everything has a ripple effect. Everything and everyone. We don’t have to enlist or to be ordained, we can just live our lives with intention.

The courage and kindness shown by so many to those both afflicted and affected–that is, all of us–will prevail because we want it to and because we will it to.

Yes together we make a difference, but individually, we’re responsible for the difference we make. I matter. You matter.

Now let’s get out from under those covers and be lights in the darkness. Edith Wharton, who by the way did some of her best work in the bed (writing, I mean) said, “There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” Those are pretty simple criteria. We can do that.

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