From campus protests that infringe on free speech, road rage incidents that end badly, to cyberbullying, it seems like more and more of us experience life on the razor’s edge of anger and frustration.
Just watch the interactions between pundits, politicians and everyday citizens. It feels as if our sensitivities and civility toward one another have been dulled like the edge of a kitchen knife used to cut cardboard rather than vegetables.
Of course, this escalating verbal violence pales in comparison with the physical attacks we hear about daily, as news announcers grimly report the latest toll in deaths or injuries. Scenes of chaos regularly flash across our television screens, along with “breaking news” announcements that portend the latest unsavory behavior that’s been uncovered from a once respected individual.
As Americans, we mourn the loss of civility. We pray for the dead, injured and their loved ones. As we mourn yesterday’s tragedy in New York, I wanted to share the song “You Raise Me Up” with you. It is a prayer of gratitude so beautiful it almost breaks my heart. This rendition by Celtic Woman is my favorite.
Please listen to this beautiful song. Embrace your higher angels and each other. It will remind you to focus on our commitment to ourselves, our families and friends and our country. Our strength and our hope will be stronger than these horrendous events, and eventually my hope is that our better angels will prevail. God Bless.