I wanna be better than oxygen
So you can breathe when you’re drowning and weak in the knees
I wanna be cooler than TV
For all the kids that are wondering what they’re gonna be
We can be stronger than bombs
If you’re singing along and you know that you really believe
We can be richer than industry
As long as we know that there’s things that we don’t really need
We can speak louder than ignorance
Cause we speak in silence every time our eyes meet.
— Willy Mason, Oxygen
Physically, I am about as far removed from the horrific scenes in Newtown, Connecticut that a person could be. Almost literally on the other side of this earth. And yet, over the past weekend I have been unable to separate my mind from the people who live there. The people who are hurting. The people who are broken.
I have no words that would do any justice to how heartsick I feel. But I do know there are far more good people in the world than bad. And I have faith that we can band together and be the strength our shattered neighbours need.
This quote was found on Simple Mom over the weekend, and it has filled me with as much hope for humankind as anything else I’ve seen. So I thought I’d share it:
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.”