It is easy in the light of events like those that occurred in Paris on Friday, to feel angry, to hate, to turn on those who are innocents, to turn inwards. But what the world needs now is love.
I have been pondering what I as one person, far away from the many troubles of the world, can do. And I have decided it is pretty easy really. I can love. And maybe my love will ripple out a little to those around me, and their love will ripple out around them, and so on.
So how can we spread the love? The good thing about love is it is simple. And free!
Smile a little more at strangers. Hold open doors, offer to share a heavy load. Say thank you to those who show you little acts of kindness. Pop a few items in the food bank collection box. Donate something to help those refugees that are running scared from the same threat as we are. Welcome those who need a place of safety.
Be tolerant – you don’t have to agree with someone’s view to respect them, their’s is formed from a life’s experience you will never know. And I don’t mean you have to accept views you find abhorrent, more that discussion should come from a place of respect, not accusation.
Be there for someone who needs an ear or a hug. Bake a cake or cook a meal to share with others. Treat all the children of the world as if they were your own, they are all as precious.
Do the things you love. Make art, make music, sing in the shower, run through the leaves with your children. Enjoy life. Love life. Look for the joy in the small things and the boring things. (And if you find the joy in ironing, please let me know, am struggling with that one!). And laugh, life is often tragic, but it is more often funny. Be silly. And be kind.
And as for terror – I don’t have the answers. I only know that in my heart I don’t feel that hate or war or violence are the answers. I don’t know how you stop these attacks. I cannot control the behaviour of others, only of myself. And I will not hate. I will love.
Love Miss Cisco XXX