While in the midst of our daily struggles, it is so easy to get so bogged down in our own little dramas and forget there is a big world out there full of people going through their own drama.
It hit me last night as we watched the news. The story of the war in Syria is one we hear with regularity and sadly, as a society, we have become desensitized and have learned to tune it out. I'm ashamed to say that this is true for me. This news story hit my heart strings in a big way. The story included some amateur video footage of what was going on in the streets . . . the camera focused on a little girl, maybe 5 years old, standing in the middle of the street with gunfire and bombs going off all around her. The look in her eyes and the sheer terror on her face is now permanently fixed in my thoughts. No doubt she has seen a member of her family killed right in front of her, perhaps several . . . maybe she's an orphan now.
It occurred to me that she does not know what is going on, can't comprehend the politics of it all. All she knows is that she is terrified and has no idea what to do. She was born into a turbulent part of the world, it wasn't her choice, she didn't ask to be born there, but fate and destiny put her there. That little girl, who should be happily playing with her little dollies anticipating Santa's visit, could have been me, it could have been you.
I was so blessed to be born in the United States, despite dysfunctional politics, exceptional poor economic times, rampant unemployment and a society going mad, which drives me and so many others crazy sometimes . . . nevertheless, I could have been that little girl with terror in her eyes . . .
On a lighter note, I have been updating my website and have so many new ideas. It had been a while, so I was able to look at everything with fresh perspective. Sometimes it takes being away from something to realize what you want to do with it. Same with writing . . . it has really been a while since I was serious about rambling on about the things I love, bother me and express my thoughts into words.