These are some very dark days for many people. Just when you think your situation is not good, there is always someone else in a much worse situation. While this notion may not bring you any comfort or peace, perhaps it can at least give you a reason to pause.
During this pause, could you at least have compassion for someone else? No one should have to suffer for something completely out of their control and yet, so many times there have been people in those very circumstances, giving our entire nation reason to pause. From the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York City, Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans; and the tornadoes that have wrecked the Midwest to the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut; Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada; and a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, people have not only suffered from situations out of their control, but they continue to suffer with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Why do bad things happen to some people and not others? While we'll never know, all we can do is be there for them to comfort, encourage and help rebuild lives. Wouldn’t we want that if we were in their shoes?
In these dark times, choose to stand in the light. Try to find the good and the positive in your life today and reflect that light onto someone who needs it most. Find a way to share your good fortune to help others find their way in the dark. Give a helping hand, lend an ear to their worries, and offer encouragement. It just may be enough to turn their lives around and give your life more meaning and purpose.
Stand in the light, my Pineapple. And, where there is no light, be the light.