Anger & Hope

Yesterday, I woke up feeling angry.

 

At the loss of innocent lives. 

 

In tower blocks. 

 

On bridges and in markets. 

 

On the streets of our most troubled neighbourhoods.

 

At people getting richer – and damn the consequences.

 

As souls are sold and bucks are made.

 

And the poor get left behind.

 

At the relentless self-interest of so many with power and influence.

 

And the toxic language of hatred and division.

 

At my inability to see the plank in my own eye and my remarkable capacity for hypocrisy.

 

At my failure to understand that I am my brother’s keeper. My sister’s too.

    

And, yet, there is a stubbornness to hope.

 

As I watch firefighters step into burning buildings.

 

And paramedics bind up broken bodies.

 

And police officers venture repeatedly into the hurting places.

 

As I witness the extraordinary courage and compassion of them all.

 

And of those who insist that we have more in common.

 

And the kindness of ordinary people handing out blankets and bottles of water; of children offering clothes and toys; of neighbours opening front doors and strangers opening arms.

 

Being the very best that we can be.

 

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  1. Isn’t it strange the way that the worst of circumstances can sometimes bring out the best in people. We too have been horrified by the scenes you mentioned – as seen on Sky News. In South Africa we have had an horrendous few weeks of storms in Cape Town as well as horrific fires in the Southern and Eastern Cape that have devoured forests, a school, and homes of both the rich and the poor. The outpouring of assistance in kind, money and people power has drawn this fractious community together with a common goal: to provide hope for those with nothing – including concerns about the bees and the endangered Knysna seahorses!

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  2. Just listened to your Ted talk.. quite extraordinary! I’m so sorry to hear how much you’ve given and how much you’ve suffered. It’s just so sad.
    I honestly believe Puffin will help and you will get better. Your family must be so so proud of you. Love V and Bella xx

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  3. John, you’re not alone. My daughter who was a psychiatric nurse for 17 years has retired after developing psychotic depression and PTSD after continued exposure to trauma. My son works in Auckland City Hospital ER and is a clinical charge nurse, he’s just hanging in there! My other son is a psychiatric nurse/ manager.
    You’re a normal man who has been exposed to abnormal events, and I’m not surprised it’s made you unwell.
    I speak from experience, having nursed my daughter for 4 years. Surround yourself with your wonderful family. Make sure you relax and keep well away from all the vile things that made you ill. I’m quite sure your lovely wife will agree!
    Mary

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