How do we not lose it?
I don’t know if its age, or just life or what, but in the past few years, I’ve started to become acutely aware of the pain and suffering of those in my life. For someone who works to help others, you might wonder, “Kate, how did you not realize the extent of suffering in this world”? Well, because I could insulate it from myself. Most of the intense pain was ‘there’, far away, not here in my own little circles of friends and families. Yet, in my little circles there have been lives cut too short, long and painful deaths, and families broken apart. Just as frightening has been the rampant, lifelong diseases that many of my young friends are affected by.
What do you say? What do you do? How can you comfort another, when their story just brings you immediately to tears? You can see the pain in their eyes, and then shake your head as you realize what hope is there, if there is no cure.
I get it. Life is tough. Life is not fair. Life is a struggle. But, really, all at once? Such pain to so many people that I know and love? I’m not complaining, rather, I’m stating my shock as well as my feeling of helplessness.
Some days, I don’t know what else to do. I can’t make it better, I can’t make it right. So, I offer up my frustration and sadness, in hope it is enough.
-Wishing peace for all those in pain-
I wrote this about a month ago and have struggled to post it. This is comes from such a soul bearing moment, a moment of despair and brokenness. I honor those moments, and realize that I need those momements.
I share this because I think we need some solidarity in these struggles.
The last couple of days, I’ve been loving this song: Hold Us Together . It’s not an easy fix, its not a cure all for the situations I mentioned above, but it has given me some solace and motivation. Maybe it will for you, too.
If nothing else, I can be honest with these struggles, and love, love, love.