Friday, May 1, 2015

Choose to focus on the good

This week the earth itself trembled. We watched tragedy unfold followed by the rise of the human spirit in a most beautiful way. People helping people. Racing over from countries far away to save lives, because it's the right thing to do. Opening your hearts, your homes, and your pockets for fellow members of the world. Fixing problems that need fixing because you can, and then praying for G-d to fix what you can't. The best side of mankind pouring forth.
In other parts of the world we saw less then the best parts. Destruction of people's livelihood, their city, and their safety. When you protest the loss of life by trampling on the lives of innocent people, you have missed the point. Lives matter period.
So why the difference?  When nature strikes, we gather together like brothers. We sacrifice our own safety for that of our brothers and sisters. We rise above our differences for a common good. When one man causes another pain, it divides us. We take sides and forget our common decency as our anger rises to the level of a raging tide that cannot be stopped. Not all of us do, but the ones that do are the loudest and the most destructive. We can almost think that it is everyone. But it's not. It's a few who are so angry, they lost their way. Perhaps we should choose to focus on all of those who are rebuilding, not destroying. All of the love going around, not hate. All of those giving to others, not taking from others. May this week be steady, strong, good, beautiful, bright, and full of love and good health. Shabbat Shalom.

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