I have noticed that in the past few weeks I have been avoiding social interactions, preferring to be alone at home. I am overwhelmed with all the hate that is going on in the world, I want to be informed but at the same time I avoid watching the news. I am struggling and need help. — Renee

I saw you on the news today
Like a shock that takes my breath away
You fall like rain, cover us in drops of pain
I’m afraid that we might just drown
You were there in the garden like a snake in the grass
I see you in the morning staring through the looking glass
You whispered down through history and echoed through these halls
But hate to tell you, Love’s gonna conquer all.
You were smiling from that Selma bridge
In Dallas when that bullet hit and Jackie cried
You pulled those towers from the sky
But even on our darkest nights, we’ll keep spinning round.
Renee, yes there is hate. It is difficult and overwhelming to process the damage from evil acts. This is probably the time you need friends the most. It is a time when people can come together to process these emotions but also share happy times and joyful events. It is a time when togetherness can bring peace. When you feel yourself isolating, reach out to someone you love.
Just when I think you have given up
You were there in the garden when I ran from your voice
I hear you every morning through the chaos and the noise
You still whisper down through history and echo through these halls
And tell me, Love’s gonna conquer all
Gonna conquer all
Lyrics by Maren Morris – Dear Hate

Vicki L Mayfield, M.Ed., R.N., LMFT Marriage and Family Therapy Oklahoma City

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