Tragedy begins at home

Our republic is in flames, but Megan is on the bus home from her second job at 2am and hardly knows today’s world news. She’s thinking about what she can make for three school lunches that need to head out the door in a few hours, how she will pay her overdue rent and if she can get just three hour’s sleep before leaving to her other job.
Important things are happening in the world tonight.

I know John has been up most of the night not because he’s a night owl, but because he’s an 81 year old vet whose gas was shut off last week. He’s cold and can’t get a warm meal until next week sometime when his $700 check arrives to pay the bill, the rent and a ride to the food bank to pick up leftovers others have donated.
Important things are happening in the world tonight.

And here I sit in shiny black shoes and suit at 430am in my office, because I know they’re awake and they are the important things and because our daily task is crafting plans that might help their tragedies.
Important things are happening in the world tonight.

I’m always in the office at this time of the morning. It’s quiet and I’m alone to think about these important things. Not always wearing a suit and shiny shoes, but tonight I will be speaking to a group of people who need to hear about what’s important.

While I care about the possibilities tonight may bring to our little non-profit in old Henderson and how, if translated correctly, important people may take pause to hear about people like Megan and John and 10,000 more like them, I care mostly for things more important than if maybe they’ll offer a dollar to help as I tell my stories.

People don’t like sad stories, but sad stories can move the right people to do the right things that help make fewer sad stories. And I believe that’s important.

People need to know the important things that are happening in this world, right here at home. And tonight past my bedtime, taking off this suit and uncomfortable shoes, I can sleep well knowing I went to bat for the tragedies which begin at home and end with charity.
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