How Will You Respond?

I’m supposed to be posting about writing, but instead I’m reading the news out of Norway.

And I’m angry.

I could express that anger here, say a lot of hateful things about those who planned and carried out the horrific attacks.

But that’s the tricky thing about hate. It’s like a hungry fire, always looking for fuel. It’ll burn up your soul if you let it.

This is a blog about writing. About creativity and inspiration.

Cre•ate (verb /krēˈāt/) 1. Bring (something) into existence; 2. Cause (something) to happen as a result of one’s actions

In•spire  (verb /inˈspīr/) 1. Fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, esp. to do something creative; 2. Create (a feeling, esp. a positive one) in a person

In this crazy world, I’m absolutely convinced of a number of things. Two of them are:

  • Creativity matters, and creative people have the power to bring about change
  • Love far outweighs all of the fear and hate in this world combined

The way I see it, I can either respond to today’s news with fear and anger, both of which lead to hate (Yoda was a smart little dude). Or I can respond by pouring out my heart in love, helping others, serving others, and doing what I can to inspire positive change on the world around me.

Tough choice, right?

But it is a choice.

Therefore. I will not give in to fear. I will not give in to hate. I will continue seeking to create and inspire and I will continue to seek out those who create and inspire. I will make it my work to bring beauty into existence. I will help those who hurt and I will bring light to those in the dark. And most of all, I will love.

How will you respond?