When we’re feeling fear, sorrow, anger or emptiness at the world – or at any situation we find ourselves in the midst of – perhaps it would help us to remember:
That when we speak our fear we draw on the courage and dedication it takes to speak;
And when we express our sorrow it can arise from our love and care for what has been lost;
That we can speak about our anger best by finding the commitment to justice from which it comes;
And that our emptiness, our sense of what is still missing, is also the possibility from which something new can arise.
Every anguish, every sorrow, has its truest ground in a kind of dedication, hope and love. And when we can remember that, rather than just the anguish and sorrow, our chances of being able to contribute with dignity are deepened and widened and made more real.