I spent the better part of an hour this morning trying to find a poem or a song lyric that could match the way I was feeling. I came up with nothing. I think that’s because I cant quite figure out what will land that feels right. I cant not understand the world right now. I cant figure out whaoxygen (1)t is up and what is down and I keep asking myself what the h***!! is going on?

There is too much hurt. There is too much pain. There are too many senseless acts of violence and there doesn’t seem to be an end and my sense of helplessness grows.

People are hurting, this is clear. People are angry and troubled and feel lost and so they act. And the witnesses continue to ask, how did this happen?

I am trying to find enough oxygen in my day to keep my resilience up. I try to move forward with loving kindness, compassion, generosity, love and energy to make a difference in my corner of the world. And sometimes I come close to feeling my feet on the ground, and sometimes not so much, but I know I am trying.

And, If I can take a few deep and mindful breaths maybe I can find a tiny bit of HOPE.

And so, I breathe.

Start where you are…