Westerly High School

This I Believe New England: Still Me

Dec 19, 2017
Scott Indermaur

It's a truism, isn't it, that every life has its challenges – some big, some small, and the rest in between. Under the best of circumstances, we bump into manageable nuisances that fall far short of life-altering crises – say, coping with a flat tire, forgetting a doctor's appointment, or misplacing our car keys.  But, some of us will encounter truly catastrophic circumstances that turn our lives upside down, stop us in our tracks, take our breath away.  The sudden death of a loved one.  Coming home to a house that burned down.  The horrific car accident. 

Scott Indermaur

Sometimes, too often perhaps, it seems impossible to absorb the steady diet of toxic news stories and headlines: mass shootings, deadly hurricanes, horrific droughts, massive wildfires, out-of-control pandemics, and hundred-year floods.  For some of us, it may be tempting to keep the news at bay and retreat into our respective cocoons, out of harm's way – or so we would like to believe.  But don't all of us yearn to keep hope alive somehow, even in the face of what may seem to be daunting odds?