Moments That Redefine Our Perception Of The World
Time stopped and my heart dropped into my stomach when I turned on my TV this morning to watch my usual Sunday morning political shows. Instead of political chaos, I was greeted with the news that America had experienced the deadliest mass shooting in its history. Although that statistic needs to be reported, part of me wished it weren’t the headline. Now the next lost soul will plan to set the casualty bar higher when they enact their plan. Sadly there will be other tragedies regardless of any laws or policies to prevent them. While this tragedy targeted the LBGT community, we are naïve to think it can’t happen to any of us.
My heart is heavy, and my eyes fill with tears when I think of the families and friends who have lost a loved one in such a surprising tragic incident. Many others are waiting in painstaking slow motion at the hospital as their injured loved ones fight to recover. We can all say a prayer for those going through the unimaginable. If you are one of those personally affected by this tragedy, know that many are sending you love and light as you transition from your state of shock to your next steps.
It is easy for us to focus our sadness, fear, and anger on the perpetrator of this tragedy. It is more challenging for us to rise above our initial feelings and focus on the efforts of the first responders, the hospitals saving the lives of those injured, and those standing in long lines to donate needed blood.
Terrorists want us to live in fear instead of love (which is one of our 31 Types of Happiness.) They want us to be willing to change the essence of our being to be afraid of the unknown. Of course we need to be practical when it comes to our safety, but we also need to be committed to staying true to our authentic selves.
Let yourself feel the sadness, fear, and anger. But don’t allow those feelings to consume your heart and soul. Instead focus on those heroes and angels bringing comfort to those directly affected by this tragedy. Then let this be one of your life sparks moments that inspires you to do something that makes your heart flutter with happiness at least for a moment. That too re-defines our world and it does so for the better.
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