Many times in life we come across a day in which it feels like Newton’s First law of Motion has been rendered null and void and the world as we know it stops in it’s tracks. 16 years ago, we witnessed such an event on the 9-11 attacks. Today, we have watched as hurricanes Harvey and Irma devastate Texas and Florida while forest fires ravage the West Coast. Thanks to our 24 hour news cycle and social media we seem to read about another tragic event in some corner of the world.
It makes it hard to want to post something fun and frivolous to social media. None of us want to seem tone deaf and immune to what is going on around us. I was wracked with guilt for having posted about having seen The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey with some friends of mine in a midnight showing when hours later the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut unfolded. And just this week I was putting finishing touch on an installment for my E.T. blog series, as news of Hurricane Irma filled the news, causing my fingers to tremble on the “Publish” button as I wondered if it would be in poor taste to continue posting my series when people are fleeing Florida to escape Irma’s wrath and recovering from Hurricane Harvey in Houston.
Paging through a High School Year Book inevitably among the many messages from the graduating class you’ll see two words “no regrets.” Whether we are 18, or 88, we all long to live a life filled with “ No regrets.” After all, who wants to go about feeling sad or sorry for themselves. While Charlie Brown and Peter Parker have become legendary because of their regrets , in real life, it doesn’t seem too appealing.
You know what other cliché you see tossed around when a new school year starts? Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken”. I’m sure you all know it by now as it’s been quoted in books and television, and graduation commencements speeches for almost a century, and it probably will continue to do so.On the off chance that you haven’t, heard it, I’ll share it with you. Even if you have, it’s still worth reading again, even if it has been reduced to a greeting card cliché. Continue reading
Thanks to our vast interconnected web of cyber space we seem to know what’s going on in any part of the world at any given time. Often times situations, like the refugee crisis, and the rise and threat of radical extremism feel so daunting that it doesn’t look like there can be a possible solution and the world seems much darker and grimmer then we imagine.
However, at the same time, we can also see those stories of people trying to do some good in the world. I’d like to share one such story with you. Last spring on Facebook I saw that my friend Paul Andrighetti, and his wife , Julia, had gone to Iraq. Naturally when I saw they had returned not too long after, I was curious.It turned out they had gone with an organization called Tutapona and learned that there work is only beginning. Below is an interview I conducted with him.