Finding Gratitude in Dark News


Days like this.

Run downstairs to make a quick lunch and head back to the grind and flip on CNN (link to cnn). Breaking news of a Malaysian airlines flight number 370 (link)streams across my screen while I cut up some peppers and cheese.

So, I stop. I stop and think about 295 people on their way to family vacations, business meetings, the beach, weddings, funerals, real estate dealings, connecting with friends; the kind of stuff everyone I know gets on a plane to do from time to time. At that moment, Anderson Cooper asks, “with what we know now, what was it like for them in their last moments?”

It’s something I don’t even want to think about. No matter what, there must have been fear.

And on this, a random day in July, considering what these people just experienced and what their loved ones must be feeling, my concerns from earlier in the day seem a bit more diminished.

One thing we can take away from moments like this is truly that our entire lives can change in a single moment. Sure, we know it at any given moment, but if we let the truth of what just happened to hundreds of strangers on the other side of the world on a random day in July wash over us, it is big. It can be life-altering.

With that in mind, I am going to send my partner a quick note of love and say a prayer of gratitude.