As I sat down to write my post for this month, what I originally wished to write about seemed… lacking… following the events of last Friday in Newtown. The reminder that so much is beyond our control, that lives can change so suddenly and drastically, puts life in a sobering perspective.
So much of what guides me daily is how I can help those around me, and I struggle to find ways to offer comfort in the wake of this tragedy. One of my friends is friends with one of the grieving parents, and spoke to me of feeling utterly helpless. Another friend is unrelated to any of the victims, yet taking this tragedy incredibly hard. Still others find themselves simply depressed as they consider the lives that don’t have a chance to share more with the world. How can we help one another?
So instead I look to the words of others to find some measure of comfort:
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”” Mr. (Fred) Rogers
If you find yourself driven to help in some way, and you’re not sure how, this article provides some meaningful ways to do so.
Sasha may be the shyest social person you’ll ever meet. She joined Verity in 2009, with a couple years in the Credit Union Movement already tucked under her belt (amidst coffee-making and bagel-slinging, running a non-profit, and trying her hand at farming).
An eternal optimist (except, you know, when she’s not), she enjoys exploring her surroundings and having adventures with friends; yoga, running, reading, writing, and good food. Though not a remarkable cook, she is nonetheless a sincere one and admits she’d be better if there were three more hours in every day. When not doing one of the many activities mentioned in the previous two sentences, she counts herself lucky to be peacefully at home, cuddling with her partner and their cat.