A dear friend recently commented on how "intense" things are, all over the planet right now. I couldn't agree with her more. It's been a bit overwhelming lately.
First of all, I listen with difficulty to the stories of the earthquake in China, like this one filed by Melissa Block about the 900 children who were inside their school when it collapsed, and the aftermath for their grieving families.
And then there is the story of the two mothers who died protecting their families from the Midwestern tornadoes this past weekend.
And I've blogged previously about the crisis in Burma, though I believe it is worth repeating.
Sure, I could go on, but we all read the news, right? And I know many of us are struggling quite a bit in our own lives right now, just to make ends meet. Things are tough right now for many, many people. And though I have been cautioned against sounding "preachy," I thought I would just post another link, in case anyone is able to help.
That same friend (she's a wise woman) also stated how important it is at times like these to be gentle to ourselves and one another. She said that it is crucial now, more than ever, that we live in a space of love, rather than fear. Crises can breed fear, and a powerful weapon against this is charity.