The theme for the end of June and the month of July has been life, laughter, and love. So much of all three. Yet despite two celebratory and relaxing weeks off, followed by a very productive return to work, the outside world oozes in with insidious soul-suckage. You can’t exactly go through life like a Central Park carriage horse with blinders on Fifth Avenue at rush hour, but some days it’s tempting to try. Last week’s news, without even touching on politics, featured cheerfully teary memorials for a suicidal robot and the merciless mirth of a handful of teenaged stoners who watched a disabled man drown while joking about alligators and filming his last, desperate struggles to stay afloat.
Feeling grim and cynical, I posted:
It’s good to have friends like Dave M., who immediately chimed in with empathy and a timely reminder: “We choose what we consider. Every day,” adding a link to a story about two men, the terrible accident that brought the unlikely duo together, and irrevocably changed both their lives for the better: “Homeless Vermont Man Honored for Saving Life of Truck Driver After Horrific Accident,” by Caitlin Keating (@CaitKeating). The comments section on my Facebook wall is not to be feared; it’s refreshing – restorative.
And this underscores the challenge facing us all, as told in the story of the Two Wolves:
Not just for our own health, peace, and sanity, but for the sake of those around us, we should always strive to feed the good wolf and starve the evil one. That doesn’t mean we should ignore all the evil in the world, but we should be vigilant about not letting it steal our joy or rob us of our faith in the goodness of our neighbors. And I hope that we can all be like Dave, finding the goodness when our friends seem blind to it, so we can show them where the good wolf lives, and help them to feed it when they’re too tired to carry the sustenance it needs.
I have been an inconstant participant in the We Are the World Blogfest ( #WATWB ). But Damyanti Biswas, one of this month’s cohosts, gently reminded me – and reminded me, again, as I’d requested earlier in the month – and Dave’s comments and link seemed serendipitous. I’m glad that I can share them with you, this month.
Your cohosts are Belinda Witzenhausen, Emerald Barnes, Eric Lahti,Inderpreet Uppal, Lynn Hallbrooks, Mary Giese, Michelle Wallace, Peter Nena, Roshan Radhakrishnan, Simon Falk,Susan Scott, Sylvia McGrath, Sylvia Stein. Please visit their blogs and see what they’re sharing! Do you want to help feed the good wolf? Tweets, Facebook shares, Pins, Instagram, G+ shares using the #WATWB hashtag through the month are most welcome. Write a post of your own! Click here to learn more and enter your link! The bigger the #WATWB group each month, the more the joy! Hosts and participants will try to follow and share all those who post on the #WATWB hashtag, and we encourage everyone to do the same.
Now, to end your week with a silly grin: