It has been accompanied by a reminder that there is evil in people, who seek to terrorise the innocent; destroying lives beyond recognition .
It has been a week that has reminded me that everyone has their own battles and challenges; that we should take a moment - longer - to appreciate what we have, to focus on the positive things in our lives; to truly appreciate the present moment; because life is futile, and precious.
And everything can change in the blink of an eye.
Among heartbreak and sorrow, amid terror and bombing, it is always uplifting to see that sometimes the worst things bring out the best in humanity: kindness, love, compassion and empathy. These positives are the things that keep us all going through times of darkness - a glimmer of light to focus on; support from which to draw strength.
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle