It’s hard not to be affected by the recent events in Manchester… There have, of course, been many, many terrorists attacks before – Manchester itself was devastated by an IRA bomb in 1996. But this feels different. To actively – and so blatantly – target young girls is a new, depressing low. One that has got to me because it has affected G. These people she’s hearing about aren’t adults… they are young girls. Just like her. And they are mummies. Just like me. It’s hard to know the answers to her questions.
And I know that many more people want to ‘do something’ but what do you do? How can you fight an enemy you can’t see? One that hides behind our society’s very fundamentals – human rights – in order to continue their carnage. It does often feel that there is nothing at all a Regular Joe can do. And fear breeds when people don’t know what to do… So today, we have been thinking of what we CAN do.
So, what CAN you do TODAY to make a difference?
- Give blood.
It really is that easy. Find out where and when you can donate and do it. Now. No, it won’t stop another terrorist attack, but it will provide vital stocks for our emergency services (Not to mention other countless accidents, operations and emergencies) and you might just save a life.
- Take a first aid course… and carry a first aid kit.
I’ve mentioned several times, this is something I already do…. and it’s already proved incredibly valuable. Thankfully, I’ve never had to use my first aid training, but I know it’s there. And knowledge is power. If you are caught up in a situation, you’ll be better prepared to deal with it.
- Commit random acts of kindness
It doesn’t matter how big or small. It will make you feel good and it will make someone else good…. Win win!!!
I recently went shopping and the supermarket (Sainsburies, now you’re asking!) are giving away Lego cards. They are not my children’s bag at all… and the cashier wasn’t going to give us any (we were due 15 packs!!) but I’d heard a little boy behind us in the queue who was SUPER excited to get another pack (I’m pretty sure his mum was only buying some stuff to make sure she’d spend £10 in order to get a pack) so I asked for them anyway and gave them to this little boy… I know it made his day… and his smile made mine 🙂 It’s not about cost, it’s just about kindness.
It doesn’t matter where or what you do… but do something in your community. Forge a strong sense of community and togetherness. For we are stronger together.
5. Remember that terrorists are psychos.
This isn’t about race, religion or a cause. Don’t dislike someone because they have brown skin, ginger hair or wear a kippah. That’s what these psychos want… for us to build walls around ourselves, to become hateful and fearful… and we cannot let that happen. As someone who travels a fair bit, I will say that 99% of the people we’ve met are LOVELY. Fear only ever breeds fear…. building walls only leads to the fear that someone will knock them down. Owning lots of possessions only leads to the fear that someone will steal them. So…. don’t fall into the trap of living like these people want you to live – in the tiny little box they’ve prescribed for you. Because if we all stand together, then we will all win.
So today, I’m off to give blood and volunteer at our local charity shop.
It might not change the world, but it might just make it a tiny bit brighter 🙂