5 Reminders One Week Later

  1. It’s okay to step away from social media. If it makes your heart feel like it’s dying every time you look at it, you are not helping anybody by constantly confronting a wall of pain. You don’t owe it to anybody to be present online.
  2. You can be concerned about what’s happening in the world and still enjoy the things that you like. Sometimes that’s the only way to stay sane.
  3. There is still a place in the world for kindness, compassion and happiness. Don’t let that get crushed.
  4. For every horrible person, there are many others who are wonderful. Connect with those people. Let them into your life.
  5. Everyone reacts to things differently. A lot of people are in a state of mourning. Just because you are not responding the same way as others does not make your feelings invalid.

13 Minutes

In the expanses of time
From a day of pure blue dreamy skies
To gray chill September rain
A world is in some ways still the same —
Bruised, cracked, unaware
Of the feeling before that tightness
Constricting in the throat, stomach, heart
At the thought of burning and falling
But then followed by a reassurance
A hope, because we are still on our feet
Moving like wolves at dusk
A herd of elephants, a murder of crows,
Vigilant and worn and WISE.