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  • Writer's pictureVaidehi Pant

Finding Light in the Darkness: A Letter to Gaza

Dear Friends,

Every day, I can only imagine the sounds that you must be all too familiar with — rapid gunshots, sirens wailing, explosions, screams. Every day, I watch the news and feel a familiar sense of heaviness hearing and seeing, in bits and pieces, your plight. 

The war has cast itself like a shadow over our world. It has saddened us all with its devastating state of affairs, death and destruction. And, of course, the heaviest toll has been taken on the children of Gaza. We, in other parts of the world, fail to comprehend the sheer pain you must be enduring and can only stop to admire your immense strength of character in these times. 

Just like statistician and social reformer Florence Nightingale found her own source of happiness during the Crimean revolution, you can look for some little things that make you smile and motivate you during this war, so that you can pass through it with courage. 

I know it may seem like an insurmountable task to find joy amidst such turmoil, but I implore you to seek out moments of happiness wherever you can. Whether it's the laughter of friends, the warmth of a hug from a loved one, or the simple beauty of a sunrise, hold on to those moments tightly. They are the beacons of light in the darkness, guiding you through the toughest of times.

In the face of adversity, it's important to remember your strength and resilience. You are capable of incredible things, even in the most challenging circumstances. Never underestimate the power of your voice, your dreams, and your aspirations. They have the potential to shape a better tomorrow not just for you, but for your community and the world at large.

Remember, even a small effort from you towards yourself and your loved ones can make a huge difference for humanity. Just know that you matter, and you are loved. And the storm shall pass. 

Let me leave you with a quote, to draw inspiration from: “But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars.”

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Loads and loads of love and appreciation, 

Vaidehi :)

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