Dear Fellow Humans: An Open Letter in a Time of Tragedy

Dear Fellow Humans, 

I woke up this morning with a weight on my heart. Seeing the devastation in Australia from their consuming brush fires got me thinking of the humans, animals, and nature that are being destroyed (tears fill my eyes). Imagining my fellow humans in such fear of their unknown futures, and the people who love them who are waiting on pins and needles praying for their safety with desperation in their hearts. I think of the firefighters and volunteers exhausted from what seems to be an endless fight with the power of the flame. 

In these times of natural disaster, I also think about the people who feel the call to do something, whether it be as a first responder or helping others through the aftermath of all the devastation. I think about the people who see what is happening and lend their support in any way that they can, even if it is taking time to say a prayer. 

I’m a believer that we hear calls in our heart to do things, and that we can choose to listen or ignore them, but what we choose will define a piece of our journey. If you feel a call in your heart right now, follow it. See where the call takes you. Trust the energy that is leading you to the highest good. Our calls may be different. Trust your journey. If you are led to get down on your knees and pray—PRAY! If you are led to send money, do the research and send it. If you have resources to help people and/or animals in the aftermath—DO IT! If you have the ability to offer your services in any sort of way, lend a hand. 

There are a lot of devastating tragedies going on in the world today. Your call could be directing you to somewhere else, and that is okay. When each individual answers the call that they hear, we take care of each other. 

That being said please don’t let one person’s poor choices (in any situation) make you go to ALL thinking. No ONE person can represent an ALL of any group whether it be race, religion, country, gender, community, etc. The only thing each and every person is—HUMAN. Let’s not forget our humanity. There are people struggling all around us. Be a light in the world that helps to lift and build, don’t let your energy be dragged down to the darkness of humanity by contributing to the hate. The energy we put out into the Universe matters. Make sure you are putting out energy that you want to see more of in the world. 

We each have our own journeys and hear our own calls. There is a reason you got yours, trust it. 

With Love and Gratitude, 

From A Loving Place

Rachael Wolff ©2020

Tragedy Strikes: Let it Bring Out Our Compassion not our Judgment

We sit and watch as tragedy after tragedy pass in front of us. Natural disasters and shootings keep coming up across my newsfeed. Yesterday, I spent the day reading about the mass shooting in Las Vegas and a double-murder suicide in my area. I have my brother in-law who works for Jet Blue in Puerto Rico in the heart of so much tragedy. I have family members getting surgery, and I sit here overwhelmed by all that is going on in the world.

I can’t help but think about families and survivors of these tragedies trying to get through each day. Tears start streaming down my face as I watch so many lives being ripped apart. Many people will have to completely re-build their lives. The more I think about what all this means for these people, the more I want to cry. I will be the first to tell you that I don’t understand why there is so much tragedy.

My only hope is this perfect storm of events will keep our compassion level on high and encourage us to love our fellow human without all the judgment. I hope these events don’t cause us to run to cover up these intense feelings we all have and instead launch us into action to do what we can to make life better in any way we can.

Many people are going through a tragedy right now. These big events might not have even touched their lives. There are plenty of people out there who are losing loved ones to cancer, mental illness, health issues, addictions, heroics, violence, and wrong-place wrong-time situations. These experiences should not be forgotten because they are not making the news.

If we can’t help the people far away, there are plenty of people in our neighborhoods who could use our love and support. What people don’t need right now is our judgment; this includes judgment towards yourself. We are all doing the best we can. Just because all these things are happening in the world doesn’t mean that your own personal challenges don’t mean anything. Be kind to yourself, and use that kindness to extend love to others.

In times like this I’ve watched people use it as an excuse to self-abuse. They ignore their own feelings then in time their physical and mental health pay the price. We don’t need more tragedy. We need to take care of ourselves in order to better serve our communities. Just like on a plane, we need to put the oxygen masks on ourselves first.

My prayers and love extend to all the people near and far who don’t know what to do, that want to help but don’t know how, and to all the people in the direct lines of any personal tragedy. I hope everyone has a community around them with big hearts to help them through. If someone needs help, I pray that they reach out and see there is someone there.

With Love and Gratitude,

Rachael Wolff ©2017