I wish that everyone banded together the way society does when there’s a disaster. In the wake of Hurricane Florence here in the United States, we watch news coverage from up here in north country and dry ground. We see people rescuing each other as well as animals. We see folks coming together in ways we don’t see on a regular basis. Those of us who are not nearby send donations, monetary and otherwise.

We saw that same human spirit post 9/11 and we saw it again when a tsunami struck Japan. We see it when firemen and first responders react to disaster. We see regular folks like you and I become heroes in the face of adversity. We’ve seen it more times than I can count.

Why, then, are so many people so quick to pull a trigger over a lawn that hasn’t been mowed by a neighbor? How do people reconcile themselves over acts of extreme aggression in the most ordinary of times? I struggle with this every day. I know there is a lot said about mental illness, depression, etc. But I don’t believe every single person who commits these crimes fall into those categories. What makes people snap?

Stay on the train…

These days, when I find myself getting annoyed with things like traffic, I remind myself to be thankful I have a car to be stuck in traffic, to be heading home from a job I love, to a home that shelters me. I remind myself not to complain about fixing a meal, and to be grateful that I have food to prepare. When we have a rainy day, I am grateful the plants and nature are getting water. When you come from a place of gratitude, it makes your complaining seem silly.

I know that the perfect world I dream of doesn’t exist. But I can dream. I can wish. Maybe someone will read this and realize they have room to improve, too. Maybe they will put a gun down and try to talk through resolution. Maybe one less person will lay off their horn and be grateful they are stuck in traffic. Maybe someone will find it in their heart to hand that homeless guy you pass on the road every day a few bucks. Maybe you’ll find room in your heart to rescue a shelter animal. Or volunteer at a senior center or anywhere else that moves you.

Because there is always something to complain about. But there’s always something to be grateful for, too. We all have room to give. What’s stopping you from making every day a giving day?

photo credit by Johannes Plenio on Pexels.com

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