As the tragedy unfolds in Paris tonight and as thousands must now come to terms with friends and family members who are forever gone, it’s hard to hold on to hope. In the face of such horror, we struggle to find any sense in what is completely without sense. We are lost, overwhelmed, frightened and forlorn.
We cannot lie and say there isn’t evil in this world. Whether evil is hardwired in some people or whether it’s something they evolve into is academic at this point. What really matters is that we accept that bad people will happen and often bad things are done by people committed to hurting others.
It is at times like this, when our resolve to continue abiding in peace and to continue abiding in hope and love is tested the most. It would be perfectly acceptable to throw in the proverbial towel and admit that we were wrong; that there was no silver lining all along.
But if there is any fact to arise from violence and hatred, it is this: love always prevails.
For every person committed to violence and hate, there are thousands…maybe hundreds of thousands dedicated to peace, compassion, love and harmony. Those who wish harm upon others deliberately bring their violence into the world. It doesn’t just happen. It’s a conscious decision based on their delusion. So, likewise, we can make the conscious decision to love. We can stand stalwart with our feet solidly planted on the principle of unconditional love.
Naturally, we want to live in a more peaceful world. We want to be happier, we want to love more and embrace the commonality we all share. To do this, we must bring peace into this world. From the depths of our souls, where the fire of love burns strong and true, we must color each word, each action, each thought, with love and peace. It’s up to us.
We can be the hope that inspires others.
We can be positivity incarnate.
We can bring peace to this world, as long as we realize that we are the key. It rests on our shoulders.