I cried this morning while watching footage of the tornado in Oklahoma. I usually don’t cry while watching the news.
Maybe it is because I’m a father. Maybe it is because I have been blogging a lot about peace and compassion.
I hugged my 3 year old tight when he woke up. I thought about those kids huddled down in Plaza Towers Elementary School. I envisioned hundreds of candles so easily put out by a firm breeze. I felt the powerlessness of the fathers and mothers as they watched the tornado head towards their children’s school.
Suddenly, the $46 parking ticket I got on Sunday or the overpriced tickets we purchased to go to Hawaii this summer did not matter anymore. What mattered was the warmth of my son’s chubby arms wrapped around my neck.
When my older son started to whine about not wanting the breakfast I made for him, I hesitated before yelling at him. I was thankful that I got to spend this time with him before he went to school, even if he was in a grumpy mood.
We spend so much of our day worrying about things, money, and the future. Luckily, this morning I remembered what was really important–life, relationships, and loving others.
Like Suheir Hammad said in a video I posted a few days ago, “Affirm life, Affirm life.” Everything else is just details.
My thoughts and prayers to all the families in Oklahoma. May you be free from suffering. May you know peace and joy.
- A Peace of Picasso (everydaygurus.com)