Thank you to Unsplash on Flickr for this photo. A bit of perspective when the onslaught of negativity in the news seems unending.
The news has been horrible lately. Violent headlines are seemingly unavoidable, and every new attack, act of retaliation, and act of racism that appears in my newsfeed makes me more and more angry. I'm angry that people can have such a capacity for violence. I'm angry that people can respond to terrible violence with senseless violence in return. I'm angry at myself for being one of those people that responds to calamity with anger. I long to shut myself away and ignore all the pain and suffering in the world.
It's times like these that I most need to remember that for every person that commits an act of violence against someone, there are thousands more lending their peers a helping hand. There are billions of people that make it home safely every day - billions of people who love, are loved, and who are likely also hurting from these calamities. Their stories don't make the headlines because they happen every day. It's times like these that I need to remember that there is kindness in the world - that for every time something horrible makes global headlines, there are countless people that feel for and want to do what they can to help the victims. It comforts me to know that - contrary to what most people think - experts have found that even people in these horrible situations are more likely to stop and help one another than fight to save themselves. I have to remind myself that in every country I've traveled to, I've been humbled by the hospitality and kindness of the people that have received me there. I have to remind myself that there are people who will stop to help me when I've fallen off of my bike; people that will help me to unroll yoga mats before class; people who wake up 30 minutes earlier than they otherwise would have to to give me a ride to yoga teacher training in the middle of blizzard at 7:30am.
It's easy to lose sight of all the kindness and love in the world when terrible headlines keep popping up in your life and bringing you down. But the truth is, the light in this world far outweighs the darkness. As Gandhi says, "humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."