Clarity from Patton Oswalt (link)

When tragedy strikes, I don’t usually comment on facebook or anywhere else; I don’t feel like I have anything to add, and I assume that anyone who knows me understands without me saying it that my thoughts and prayers (and probably my tears) are with the victims and their families.

This deserves to be shared, though.

I’ve seen a few posts this morning in various places acknowledging what happened yesterday in Boston and offering ideas on positive things we can all do to make the world a better place. No, the blood you donate today won’t go to Boston (unless you live there), but it might save a life. The smiles you share on the street will remind people that there’s good in the world, and the support you give to someone who’s hurting or struggling– for any reason– adds to the flood of good that overcomes evil every time.

Happy thoughts don’t change what happened, but putting good out there in thought and deed makes the world a better place.

Wishing you all joy in difficult times. ❤

(click the link below for this thing that deserved to be shared)

Clarity from Patton Oswalt.


About Kate Sparkes

Kate Sparkes was born in Hamilton, Ontario, but now resides in Newfoundland, where she tries not to talk too much about the dragons she sees in the fog. She lives with five cats, two dogs, and just the right amount of humans. USA Today bestselling author of the Bound Trilogy (mature YA Fantasy), Into Elurien, and Vines and Vices. Writing dark, decadent, and deadly Urban Fantasy as Tanith Frost. View all posts by Kate Sparkes

4 responses to “Clarity from Patton Oswalt (link)

  • L. Marie

    Thanks for posting. I had trouble getting to sleep, thinking about how awful yesterday was. I agree that we all need to do something to make this world a better place.

  • Jae

    I think sometimes tragedy can show us what kind of people we are. And seeing how fast everyone responded and helped out shows that the people of Boston are good people. Unfortunately lunatics like these bombers hurt good people. I was like you, not sure what to post to add to the conversation, but still wanted to show my support. I ran across a friend’s shared photo that had Fred Rogers on it with this quote:

    “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.'”

    I hope whenever tragedy strikes, wherever it may be, our world shows we’re good people who help. And so far, that seems to be the case and that is what gives me hope for the world. That for every maniac there are a hundred (if not more) good and decent people who will be good and decent.

  • Emily

    Well said, Kate. I’ve never seen the point on wasting time and energy being negative. Life’s short and there are so many more worthwhile things to spend that all on.

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