People who know me, know that the motto, ‘Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining’ is one that I live by and I practice what I preach, every single day. I do this because it provides me hope; hope that things will get better, that there’s a lesson to be learned, or in an attempt to keep things in perspective. Unfortunately, none of us are immune from experiencing heart-break, sadness, abuse, loss, and trauma. It can be an unfortunate, but realistic aspect of being a human being. Being human also means we are capable of feeling a myriad of emotions and these can ebb and flow day by day, hour by hour, even minute by minute. Most of you can probably relate to that ebbing and flowing of emotions throughout the course of the day, right now while our reality is very different from what it was a few short months ago.
I’ve caught myself stating to others recently, “why does it take these horrible things to happen in our world for people to show their kindness and extraordinary support for one another?” And what I’ve realized is that that’s not necessarily true. There are extraordinary people who show up and do the right thing and act kind to one another and perform random acts of kindness every single day: it just may not be the headlines we’re reading or the top story we’re hearing about. I appreciate how the media is sharing these extraordinary stories with us now, almost on a daily basis, mixed in with the news that provides fear among us. I believe they’ve recognized the value in these stories, the hope that they provide to us and the value of hearing about positivity to help us get through this challenging time.
We will all get through this better together, supporting one another and helping model what true superheroes look like to our children.
-Jennifer Wormley, Child Advocacy Center Director