Late yesterday when I was shown a photo on the internet, the darkness in my heart began to lift. I’m not sure of the details but what I remember of the story is that a school principal (or teacher) wrote a letter (or sent out some sort of request) for people to donate food for students (elementary level, I think) who normally receive lunch in school but now have no access to it since “school” is now virtual. The picture was of what looked like thousands of bags filled with food and the accompanying story told of the necessity of directing people who came later with food to the park near the school as there was not enough space in the school parking lot in which to place all the bags of food that were donated.
This morning as I opened my computer to write my blog post, the first thing that caught my eye was a letter from Corie Barry, CEO of Best Buy – one of the largest chain stores in our country for technology: computers and such. It was not only a letter about past commitment to education in providing equipment for students but also a statement of distress about the events of the past week’s racial violence and a promise to do all in their power to create “permanent, systemic change in as many ways” as they could find. It began with an apology “for not doing enough” (even though a decade ago they began building a national network of Teen Tech Centers, places where “teens from disinvested communities are exposed to and trained on a range of technology that can make a critical difference in helping them find success in post-secondary education or the job market.”) They are appointing a diverse group (by demography and level in the company) to challenge one another, and, ultimately, the senior leadership team and Board of Directors, with “substantive, enduring ways to address the inequities and injustices to which all of us witness each day.”
After reading two more positive messages from sites I generally check into, I watched three minutes of babies reacting to their fathers who were playing their guitars for them. Who of us can avoid a spike in our “happiness quotient” in such a situation? Then I listened once again to the song from yesterday’s post (In Every Age), thanks to Mary Pat, our resident tech wizard.
As a result of all this, and while still pained by the state of our nation, I am willing to enter into this day with a determination to “be the change I wish to see in the world.” Whatever it takes. Thanks be to God.