I only discovered this following quote last week. It was written by author and activist adrienne maree brown on October 2, 2017, the day after the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas where 60 people were killed and over 400 people were wounded by one man.
But it still resonates with me in these times of hurricanes and wars and more shootings and just plain ol’ rotten days that we all have.
“we must, each of us, fix our attention on the nearest wound, conjure within us the smallest parts of ourselves that are still whole, and be healers. heal with words and prayer and energy, heal with money, clean water, time and action.
there’s enough destruction. there’s enough nothingness swallowing the living world. don’t add to it. there’s enough.”
– adrienne maree brown
In the midst of bad things, hard things, even evil things, we each still have the ability to look at each other through the eyes of God. And offer compassion.
We can’t heal every wound. Maybe not even any wound.
But we can fix our attention on the “nearest wound” in our current circle of humans. And lend a hand up there.
And just for today, maybe that’s enough.
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