And the winner is…Amanda, with comment #9! Thank you so much to everyone who entered 🙂
Ever since Boston, that terrible day in Boston, I’ve been trying to figure out what to say, what to do, how to process it.
Each time one of these attacks happen…Oklahoma City, the World Trade Center, Newtown, now Boston…it shakes me up. I’ve been fortunate enough to not be personally affected by each act of terror, in that nobody that I know and love has been hurt or killed or even in danger.
Each time one of these attacks happen, though…I find myself losing a little more faith in humanity, doubting a little more, circling the wagons around my family and friends, wanting to withdraw.
Each time one of these attacks happen…I find it easier to slip into “us” instead of “them”, easier to judge, easier to cast a suspicious glance, easier to pass through the lives of those around me without looking beyond the cover of their book.
Each time one of these attacks happen…I feel the lure of jingoism, the desire for revenge, the bitter-tasting rage that just wants to make it all go away, and failing that, to make sure that those who attack suffer.
If I listened to the media, consumed a steady diet of the news and commentary on the news and twitter feeds of the anxious, then I’m not sure I could survive. We’re told that everyone is out to get us, that everyone is not to be trusted, Stranger Danger on a global scale.
And yet – there’s the other side of my soul, the side that believes it truly is possible to overcome evil with good, darkness with light. I really do feel, as Anne Frank wrote before her death, “…in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.”
Peace begins with a smile. Smile five times a day at someone you don’t really want to smile at; do it for peace. Let us radiate the peace of God and so light His light and extinguish in the world and in the hearts of all men all hatred and love for power. ~Mother Teresa~
So, as I thought of all this last week, an idea began to take shape. I can’t do anything grand to set the world to rights, but I can do a little something to proclaim my faith in humankind. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a knitter. I love to knit things for myself, for my family, for my friends.
This week, I knit something for one of you. It’s a Hitchhiker shawlette, made out of Diversity yarn. According to the pattern designer, the pattern was named because of the number of points – 42 – which as any Douglas Adams fan can tell you is indeed the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything. Diversity yarn was chosen for the name – we do live in a diverse world, a world of different creeds and color and custom, and that’s what makes it beautiful.
How to enter
Normally, for a giveaway, I ask that you share the post link, and then comment back here with proof of sharing. But in the spirit of trusting, I’m not going to ask for proof that you’ve shared it.
To enter this giveaway, please do share this link. Most importantly, though, leave a comment – a very specific type of comment. I want to hear your stories of the kindness of strangers; you being kind to a stranger, a stranger being kind to you…those serendipitous moments where you made a connection with another human being just because.
If you don’t have one of those stories immediately in mind, then my challenge to you is to create one of those stories. Between now and Wednesday, May 15, reach out. Look around you for a chance to be kind – try to see the stranger passing by as not a potential threat, not someone to be feared or avoided, but a human just as yourself. Even if it’s as simple as smiling 5 times a day at someone you’d rather not smile at, do it. And then come tell us about it here – both because you’ll have a chance to win the giveaway, and because it will do us all good to hear it.
I realize I’m putting a lot of faith in the effects of some pretty string, a couple of sticks, and some time…but I really do think that each one of us can change the world, just a little bit, if we reach out.
I’ll use random.org to select a winner on Wed. May 15, at 2:49 pm EDT.