I wish I could fix it. I wish I could fix the broken, hurting parts of this world you are growing up in. I wish I could shield you from the hatred and sadness and fear that we sometimes see. I wish I could tell you that it’s all just a bad dream and the whole entire world is perfectly perfect and peaceful, and that nothing terrible like this will ever happen again. Ever.
But I can’t. I can’t fix it. I can’t get rid of all the pain in this world. And I can’t even give you all the answers because sometimes there are no answers to this type of hate.
But there is something I can do. And more importantly, there is something that you can do. When really, really bad things happen, it’s hard not to feel helpless and weak and scared. But I’m not helpless, and neither are you. We have a very important strength, and that strength is called “good.”
It may sound simple, and it is. Often the most powerful things are the simple ones.
Think of the world as a big bucket. The bad guys try to fill the bucket with hate. They try to hurt people, they try to bring fear and sadness. It’s so shocking and sad that sometimes the good guys just stand there overwhelmed, feeling helpless, and they lose sight of the power they have. And if good guys just ignore the bucket, while the bad guys keep filling it, the bucket will be filled with bad.
But here’s the great news: there are way more good people in this world than bad ones. Most people in this world are good. So if the good people, like you, start filling the bucket with good, the bucket will have more good than bad in it, and eventually it will overflow with goodness and love and kindness.
Every good person can add good to the bucket in their own way. Adding good can mean being a friend to someone who is lonely. Adding good can mean giving away a toy to someone who needs it more than you do. Adding good can mean baking cookies for a solider or firefighter, or taking blankets and food to the homeless. Adding good can be drawing a beautiful picture for someone who isn’t feeling well, or cheering up someone who is sad with a sweet, funny note.
There are thousands of ways to add good to the bucket, and none of them are too small or insignificant. So when you feel scared or when bad guys try to add hatred to the bucket, use your special strength and keep pouring more and more good in.
Every little drop of good matters. You matter! You are not helpless. You are the good this world so desperately needs.