So give me hope in the darkness that I will see the light
‘Cause oh that gave me such a fright
But I will hold as long as you like
Just promise me we’ll be alright
–“Ghosts That We Knew,” Mumford and Sons
It has been a difficult week or so (or year, actually). Recently I found out that a friend from college was killed during a robbery attempt. It was a random and shocking act of violence and my heart goes out to his wife and children and family and friends. It’s not supposed to be this way. I can’t help but think about how fragile life is and how things can change in an instant. Combine that with the state of the world these days and it makes you not want to get up in the morning.
Since hiding under a rock isn’t really an option, I guess taking it day by day is the way to go. I have friends dealing with serious health issues and depression and I wish I could make it all better for them. But I can’t. Sometimes there’s nothing we can do except be here for them and live our own lives. Find joy in the little things. Hug your friends and family. Do the things you love. Make every day count. It sounds cliche, but it’s the only way I can think of to get through it.
If all else fails, go outside and blow bubbles with a six-year-old. It was a small part of our vacation this summer but definitely a moment to remember.