Finding Peace

Wednesday night, an innocent man was shot and killed to death during a routine traffic stop less than 20 miles from where I live because of the color of his skin. He did nothing wrong other than have a broken tail light. It was a bitter pill to swallow, having it happen so close to home and having to wonder why and how something like this happened again.

Then last night, some people thought it was a good idea to use violence to respond to violence in Dallas. And now five police officers are dead, five families lost someone they love.

Our world is a little fucked up right now. Sorry for profanity, but there isn’t a better word for it.  And as a writer I feel compelled to write something, but I can’t.  Because I just do not have words.  There are just not words.  As a parent, I fear what world my child is growing up in.  But I have to have hope that maybe, just maybe, his generation will be the ones to change it all.

When I can’t find words, I turn to music.  And there’s a song by Harry Belafonte that has been running through my head that is all about unity.  The song is Turn This World Around.  He explained the inspiration for this song on an very old episode of the Muppet Show.  He says “I discovered that song in Africa. I was in a country called Guinea. I went deep into the interior of the country, and in a little village, I met with a storyteller. That storyteller went way back in African tradition and African mythology and began to tell this story about the fire, the sun, the water, the Earth. He pointed out the whole of these things put together turns the world around. That all of us are here for a very very short time. In that time that we’re here, there really isn’t any difference in any of us, if we take time out to understand each other. The question is: Do I know who you are, or who I am? Do we care about each other? Because if we do, together we can turn the world around.”

Powerful. I’m going to leave a video of the song here.  I hope you find some peace in it like I do.  Do yourselves a favor today.  Get off the internet. Turn off the news. Spend time with your children and your families and friends.  Tell someone you love them.  Do something nice for someone.  Be kind. Love each other. Peace.

3 thoughts on “Finding Peace

  1. I’m glad you shared this post Beth. My heart is breaking this morning too, and I could hardly bear to read the story about what happened in MN. I can’t stop thinking about that child and how she (or he? I can’t remember if it was a little boy or girl) will be traumatized forever by witnessing her father die that way. I don’t have words either. I will have to give that song a listen–sometimes music says more than words can.

  2. There is no better word to use right now to describe what happened. My only hope is that the senseless deaths that happened will wake this country up and force us to deal with it. It is a scary time for our children to grow up. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and this song.

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