LIFE CAN BE TOUGH sometimes, really tough.
Five dead in a Minneapolis high-rise fire last week.
Four dead, including two young brothers and their mother, in an act of domestic violence in south Minneapolis just days ago.
Nine killed in an airplane crash in South Dakota.
The headlines and media reports can overwhelm.
Yesterday, a 16-year-old boy was taken into custody in my community after reportedly sending threatening texts to two students that he was “thinking about shooting up the school.” Faribault High School. A similar, but worse, scenario played out in violence in two eastern Wisconsin schools in recent days.
I wish the world was free of meanness, violence, hatred and tragedies. But it isn’t and never will be. Yet we have the power within our homes, our neighborhoods, our communities, our circle of family and friends, yes, within our hearts to individually treat others with kindness, compassion, empathy and respect. And that is a start.
© Copyright 2019 Audrey Kletscher Helbling