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When I wrote my finding beauty challenge yesterday I wasn’t asking the universe to offer up such an “in your face, can’t ignore this” example.

In light of the tragedy in Boston (an act against all of humanity in my opinion), there have been many eloquent observations and posts. A friend offered some insights from Joseph Campbell this morning that really resonated with me.

‘Today the planet is the only proper “in group.”

Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world.

We cannot cure the world of sorrows,

but we can choose to live in joy.’ J. Campbell

Patton Oswalt wrote:   “I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, “Well, I’ve had it with humanity.”

But I was wrong. I don’t know what’s going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem. One human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths.

But here’s what I DO know. If it’s one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet. You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out. (Thanks FAKE Gallery founder and owner Paul Kozlowski for pointing this out to me). This is a giant planet and we’re lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, every once in awhile, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they’re pointed towards darkness.

But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We’d have eaten ourselves alive long ago.

So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, “The good outnumber you, and we always will.”

What I’ve been coming to terms with for a long time is that Kindness, Compassion, Empathy, Caring, Love acceptance and joy, that’s how the world really is supposed to work – it’s what we’re supposed to be striving for. When things are going “well” it’s like dieting, it’s so easy to fall off the band wagon. Just let things “take care of themselves”, fall back into bad habits; until “BAM! – right in the kisser!” You realize that life takes care of itself only when you are a conscious participant.

The universe will continue to offer us experiences to move us from our apathy, from our “everyday zone” to action.

Its not about yesterday, it’s not about tomorrow. It’s about today. It’s about how we act, react, think, feel and choose today. Don’t wait for a bomb to go off to “run out and help.”, to stand up and be counted. Don’t wait for tomorrow to love, to be kind, to care, to try. Let today be that day.

And just maybe there will be one less tragedy, and instead, there will be many more glorious days.

Today of all days, fill your heart with love, kindness, joy and please, please share it.

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