Saturday, November 14, 2015

Look for the Helpers

I had intended to post from this weekend road trip I'm on with my sisters. But yesterday was a long day that saw us settled in a beautiful spot just in time to read of the devastating news in Paris. There is nothing I can or want or feel compelled to speak, out of this sadness. One of my sisters, though, quoted Mr. Rogers' memory of his mother telling him that in the face of disaster, we should Look for the Helpers. And then not longer, checking on Facebook, we saw that another sister, one who hadn't been able to join us, had posted this
It is not enough. I know. But thank God it is always true. There always are people helping. I feel moved today to be one, in as many little ways as I can find. Moved, too, to note and appreciate those who help in much bigger ways. 
Bon courage, mes ami(e)s, Bon courage!


 

12 comments:

  1. This is just another example of terror and we have been through a lot here in Europe. I remember the 70s and the IRA but I also recall the bravery and generosity of Londoners when we had bombs on buses and tubes a few years ago. Simple kindness goes a long way. Light a candle Mater and give thanks for the resilience of the spirit.

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    1. You're obviously much more experienced in the proximity of terror, but I doubt I'll ever use the adverb "just" for any such example. But I agree with lighting the candle to celebrate residence and to look for the helpers and to try and light the way out....

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  2. Yes, this is the thing I always come back to in the face of horrible events and tragedies. I cling to the kindness, generosity and goodness that surfaces.

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  3. You are so right! Trying to help one way or another is the only way to bear up against the horror. Like supporting the refugees who have come to this county in order to escape just this kind of terror and violence in their countries of origin. (Which is what I am trying to do with my humble means.)

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    1. Good for you, Eleanor. This is so important. Our new prime minister and his government are facing pressure to slow down processing of the 25,000 Syrian refugees they've promised to bring into the country by the end of the year, so it's really important to show them how willing many Canadians are to continue, even more so after Friday....

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  4. I deeply hope and believe so! In worst times there were people who brought light in the darkness,the helpers!
    And courage we all need!
    Love,
    Dottoressa

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  5. Thank you for sharing this Frances ...always difficult to know what to say at such times ... I know that our thoughts are with the people of Paris and others effected around the world, regardless of what else may be happening in our own lives. Important to focus on the things we can be thankful for ....
    Hope you have a good week.
    Rosie

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    1. Seeing only the negative would help no one, would it? We need goodness to focus on...

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  6. That is such a lovely, lovely sentiment.

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    1. We need someone like Mr. Rogers again. He was such a treasure!

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