One of my favourite things is discovering new, interesting words and there meanings. I usually never remember them but this one stuck with me and seems very relevant at this moment in time.
Kuebiko (Japanese) – (n) a state of exhaustion inspired by acts of senseless violence
Lately I am waking up each morning and wondering what I going to be faced with when I switch on the TV. Terrorism and disaster dominates the news at the moment, locally as well as globally. There appears to be no end to the many ways humans can cause others grief. Witnessing it on a daily basis through the media is indeed exhausting and also out of my control.
Their are people I know who have stopped watching/listening/reading the news because they find it too distressing, but is turning a blind eye to the suffering of those around you the right thing to do? I have no idea! I am not here to tell anyone what they should or should not be doing.
There are no words that can explain the sorrow, the heartache, the grief, the tears and especially the pain. The mental, emotional and physical pain anyone who has lost someone or who been affected in some way by the recent atrocities. I can not pretend that I know or even understand what the victims and families of the terrorist attacks in Manchester, London and the terrible incident at Grenfell Tower are feeling as well as those affected by the other awful incidents that are occurring around the globe on a daily basis. I feel completely helpless.
What is wonderfully heartwarming though is how people/communities have come together to help those in need. For every person out there who wants to cause harm their are 10 people at least who are willing to help and expecting no reward in return.
There is a movie called “Pay it Forward”, you may be aware of it already. It is also a novel by Catherine Ryan. The concept of “Pay it Forward” has been going for sometime. In fact there is even a Pay it Forward day, which in 2018 will be on the 27th April. The point is not to pay back kindness but to pass it forward.
Instead of waiting till next year for that one day, wouldn’t it be nice if we could put it into practice in our everyday lives, now. The gestures do not have to be big. It could be holding a door open for someone, helping someone in a wheelchair or a pram get off public transport, smiling, helping a colleague at work with something. We may not be able to make the whole world a better place but if it is within our power we should try and make it a better place for those around us.
Even though I try to do this anyway, I know I could and can do better. I have become cynical in my old age. So, as my own personal tribute to all those affected by any terrorist attack or disaster, man made or natural, anywhere in the world. I will be doing my best to make someone’s day a little brighter and I hope whoever I help will “Pay it Forward”.