We need more helpers.
You, me, and the people we know can all be part of the solution if we choose to do so.
When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” – Fred Rogers
Not just in the immediate aftermath of tragedies, both manmade and natural, but in the days, weeks, months and years to come.
We need helpers to build bridges between people torn down because it was politically expedient to do so. We need helpers to raise people out of poverty, hunger, desperation, and anger. We need helpers to heal the physical and emotional pain our society seems so determined to exploit.
Helpers are out there and we need them to do the big things when tragedy strikes.
But more than anything we need helpers who do the little things day after day, without fanfare, when no one is watching, when times are good and when times are bad.
We need people who show up and do good work for the greater good.
We need people like you, your friends, and your family to peel away from the TV for a few hours a month to match outrage with action. To match shock with compassion. To match inhumanity with humanity.
We need people like you to choose to be part of the solution.
Fred Rogers was of course, right. When times are tough, look for the helpers.
But above all, BE a helper.