Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Obviously I am sharing this because I agree with her... and could not have said it better.
from author Marie Bostwick's newsletter dated January 12, 2021
Because I’m a planner by nature, I generally map out the topics and tone for my blog and these newsletters several weeks in advance. This week, I had planned to talk about my next book.
Then Wednesday happened.
In the hours during and days since protests turned to riots, and violence stalked the halls of the US capitol, it feels like I’m being propelled through an emotional labyrinth. Shock leads to despair, leads to disbelief, leads to grief, leads to anger, leads to confusion.
It’s difficult to know how to respond or what to say. The truth is, I still don’t.
Like most of you, I’m still trying to process and sort through the emotions that continue to wash over me in waves. Like yours, my journey through and response to this stormy, terrible period will be personal. And it will take time.
Even so, the core beliefs that have formed my world view continue to hold true. Among them, the certainty that violence is never the answer, and that how ordinary people choose to conduct themselves in their ordinary lives matters enormously.
I can’t change the whole world. I wish I could. But I can impact my world, the small sphere where my influence may be felt.
In the small but vital radius of my personal acquaintance and interactions, I can choose to be a doer of good, a voice of reason, a fountain of prayer, a model of civility, a blessing to others.
And while I know that I’m just one person, I know I’m not the only person who feels this way.
As Mother Teresa said, “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”
Be faithful, my friends. Be strong. Be a blessing.