Kindness – an antidote to hopelessness

Last Sunday was a special day here, honoring our commitment to the work of racial justice and raising a public statement of affirmation for lives that have too long been devalued. It felt good to be together, thoughtfully sharing in contemplation and song the touchstones in our living, the anchor holds that ground us, that remind us of the Spirit of Love that guides our aspirations.

Sadly, we woke up Monday morning to the tragic news of the Las Vegas shootings with so many lives lost. Again. It feels tempting to locate a place of despair and hide there. All the searching for “why” falls short, and we grieve another senseless act.

Still, at the end of the day we know despair is not a room for living in; rather, a place to pass through. And, we must hold onto the knowledge that we, as human beings, can do better than senseless aggression.

I’ve noticed a lawn sign recently, words from the Dalai Lama: “Be kind whenever possible. It’s always possible.” While kindness may not save us from tragedy, it can serve as an antidote to hopelessness. It can be the practice that anchors us to love.