Searching for joy

Monday, 13 June 2016
When life is horribly depressing and you cannot understand the hate and ignorance that leads to mass murder in your own country, sometimes you have to search for joy in the small things. I sat for just a minute yesterday morning and watched the birds having breakfast in our back yard. The American Goldfinches come often and I snapped this shot of the male and his mate dining together.
I wasn't able to get a great picture of the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds that visit because the morning light was just coming over the house. They were there, however, and I admired their feisty spirit and beautiful colors.
The male and female Cardinals that have been around for a while have youngsters and they are also learning how to eat at the feeder.
This is a sad week. James and I talked last night about feeling powerless to do anything to change hate, murder, and ignorance in this world. We'd love to get away from political rhetoric - on both sides and understand what a true solution would be to stop these mass shootings. Banning a "religion" from getting in the country? What if terrorists just pose as another "religion?" That won't stop a murderer. Banning assault rifles? Increasing background checks? These sound like reasonable measures but will they work?
Perhaps the spirits of those who were killed in Orlando live on in other ways. A friend posted on social media recently that there was an abundance of fireflies in her backyard. I'll continue to search for the joy in this world and if I can't find it, I'll watch the birds, wishing peace for those who have suffered great loss. 

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