If We All Light Up, We Can Scare Away the Dark

Scare Away
This morning, I woke up and felt compelled to reach out to you. One of the greatest gifts I was given, as a result of traveling around the world, was the gift of compassion for all people and the understanding that we are all truly connected. These concepts have always been inherent in my way of thinking yet I never understood as deeply as I do now.

The world became a much smaller place as we traveled from point A to point B. Our family expanded as we gratefully met amazing people along the way. I have become acutely aware of and connected to each time zone and the people I love and haven’t yet met in each of them.

As I wake up each day, I am overwhelmed by the love in my heart. I am deeply affected by what is happening around the world. Israel isn’t just a far away place with an ancestry I am connected to. My husband and I have very dear friends living amongst the turmoil. As I witness the many lives being taken and imagine innocent people and families being harmed throughout our world, my heart grieves. I choose peace and love for humanity. It is my wish for all of us every day.

When I hear of the Malaysian airline crashes, not only does my anxiety flare up in fear, but I feel closer to those who were on board and their loved ones awaiting their arrival. I was on those planes, those routes, those airports. I think of the people and their lives. Their families. Their dreams. I stare at the flight rosters and read every single name out loud. I acknowledge them and my heart breaks. As I read the names of the victims, I fear that I may see a name I know.

This morning, I woke up to the news of another passenger plane crashing in Taiwan. At one time in my life, that was tragic news and although I would feel the pain, I didn’t fear the possibility of knowing anyone on the plane or have the connection I now do to the people from these countries. My son’s piano teacher is presently teaching English in Taiwan and is expected to return to the States this week. I am praying for his safety and my heart goes out to the lives lost and the families affected by this tragedy.

My cherished friends and family around the world, I miss you every day.

I recently read something in which the author suggested putting ourselves in places and situations that make us nervous. Nerves are really the only way to know we are being stretched. This rings true for me. Each day, I live fearlessly, despite the fear I face. I live the life I choose, despite the judgements and challenges against me. I do feel nervous. I do experience fear. As I continue to walk in the face of distress, I choose to work my way through it all with an optimistic attitude and the purest love and happiness along the way.

I am sending peace and love to all of you. My heart is with you and your families. I am grateful beyond explanation for this precious life which can be taken away from us in one second.

Lastly, I’d like to share the lyrics of a beautiful and powerful song by Passenger. I encourage you to have a listen when you find a moment.

Scare Away The Dark
by Passenger

Well, sing, sing at the top of your voice,
Love without fear in your heart.
Feel, feel like you still have a choice
If we all light up we can scare away the dark

We wish our weekdays away
Spend our weekends in bed
Drink ourselves stupid
And work ourselves dead
And all just because that’s what mom and dad said we should do

We should run through the forest
We should swim in the streams
We should laugh, we should cry,
We should love, we should dream
We should stare at the stars and not just the screens
You should hear what I’m saying and know what it means

To sing, sing at the top of your voice,
Love without fear in your heart.
Feel, feel like you still have a choice
If we all light up we can scare away the dark

Well, we wish we were happier, thinner and fitter,
We wish we weren’t losers and liars and quitters
We want something more not just nasty and bitter
We want something real not just hash tags and Twitter

It’s the meaning of life and it’s streamed live on YouTube
But I bet Gangnam Style will still get more views
We’re scared of drowning, flying and shooters
But we’re all slowly dying in front of fucking computers

So sing, sing at the top of your voice,
Oh, love without fear in your heart.
Can you feel, feel like you still have a choice
If we all light up we can scare away the dark

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