Iconic musician Leonard Bernstein’s famous words above in response to violence spoke to my heart today after yesterday’s senseless acts against innocent people in Paris. I don’t understand any of it, don’t understand how human beings can treat each other in such horrendous ways. My husband often quotes A Course in Miracles, saying “everything is love or a cry for love.” I want to understand, I want to be able to have compassion for the misguided souls who feel it is “God’s work” to kill and maim innocents, but right now…right now my heart is only filled with deep sadness and yes, anger. What can I do as one person to stand against the horrors of terrorism, the senseless shootings and murders that happen in my own city every day, the hordes of angry people everywhere? What can one person really do?
I think that I will follow Leonard Bernstein’s advice to start; I will make music more passionately, I will love more deeply, I will show kindness to others, I will be gentle with the creatures of the Earth, I will write uplifting words, share images of beauty through my camera. I will teach my students to be accepting of those different from them, teach them the importance of integrity. I will keep my heart open and my smile ready. I will treasure the moment, because that is all we are guaranteed. And I will shed tears for my fellow human beings in Paris who are hurting, standing with them against fear and hate.