“There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’ No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.” ― Dalai Lama XIV
My heart is bleeding and it cannot stop. As a loving mother of a six and eight-year-old, I still cannot get the darkness out of my head. I often wear my heart on my sleeve. I’m an emotional, thoughtful person who has a tendency to dwell on tragedy. My heart continues to bleed for these families who lost the most precious thing in the world: Their children.
I’m up at night trying to erase the memory from my head. I check in on my sleeping son and touch his still baby-soft skin. A tear gently swims down my face. I cannot imagine ever losing him. Then, I wander into my daughter’s lavender room. I look at her little hands, so precious and tender, and hold them gently in mine. She is a treasure. All children are a priceless gift.
Yes, this happens all over the world in many different forms. I write about it all the time in my blog trying to raise awareness of the world’s ills and injustice. War, disease, natural disasters and violence. But it still strikes a chord in my heart so painful, and so burning, that I cannot forget.
So I’m looking for peace today. Peace from my ravaged mind at all the senseless, unending violence in the world. Peace that there will be a brighter day. I hope these images, some of my most treasured, will remind me of all the good in this world.
“Weeping is not the same thing as crying, It takes your whole body to weep, and when it`s over, you feel like you don`t have any bones left to hold you up.”
― Sarah Ockler, Twenty Boy Summer “We pass through this world but once. Few tragedies can be more extensive than the stunting of life, few injustices deeper than the denial of an opportunity to strive or even to hope, by a limit imposed from without, but falsely identified as lying within.”
― Stephen Jay Gould, The Mismeasure of Man “When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist “It is often in the darkest skies that we see the brightest stars.” ― Richard Evans