I have been struggling to find what to write, or even if I should write, regarding the death – murder – of George Floyd.
I realized that what I want to write isn’t about solutions, about the problems, or about the heartache I feel. No. Instead, I will write about the calm amid the storm. I will write about the human spirit and its ability to overcome, to love, and to show compassion for each other.
For if he have not charity he is nothing.The Book of Mormon In Three Volumes: Three: Words of Jesus, Jaredite History, And Writings of Mormon and Moroni; Pages 209-210
Wherefore he must needs have charity.
And charity suffereth long, and is kind,
And envieth not, and is not puffed up,
Seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked,
Thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in
iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth,
Beareth all things, believeth all things,
Hopeth all things, endureth all things.
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye
Are nothing, for charity never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto chairty,
Which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail!
As we watch the world around us, as we watch in horror, agony, pain, and sorrow, may we look to find ways to ease suffering, to offer love, to offer kindness.
Spend time today in complete silence. Close your eyes, and sit alone, with your thoughts and sensations of the body, and do nothing. There is a lot to do in this world, in this climate, and there is also a need to do nothing.
Make the most of this day by being 0.5% more selfless. And repeat that tomorrow. And the next day. And the next.
How selfless will the world be in a year if we all do that?