In regards to the tragedy of this past weekend, I thought maybe it was time to post something positive. I took a break from posting or commenting for awhile because I just needed to.
We all process these horrific events in different ways. Some of us don’t watch the news at all; some of us watch the newsreels over and over, trying to make sense of it and then become anxious, sad, angry, depressed and then at some point we say — however we each process it — enough.
Back to Reality
Those of us not directly impacted get back to normal — put it in the back of our minds. But these things change us. Give us pause because we realize the frailty of life. We’re so thankful that we or our loved ones weren’t at those places at that time and we can’t imagine how the people involved move forward. Our hearts ache for them. We send good thoughts and prayers to them and hope that they can get back to some state of normal. We see the resilience of the human spirit and realize what’s really important.
We search for an explanation and there isn’t one. There’s no logic to these things. Profilers and newspeople try let us in on what the motive was, where this person or people come from, what made them do what they did. There isn’t a rationality to it. It’s just this: There’s evil and there’s good. We’re reminded of that evil, that otherness, in a huge way — from the repeated images and we begin to doubt the goodness that exists.
We don’t see all the good going on the world that does indeed go on. If you watch the news, for the most part, we see everything that’s wrong with the world — in every corner of the globe. We’re not presented with a continuous loop of what’s right with it and there’s so much right with it — in all corners of the globe. Maybe we’ll see a little snippet/feel-good story at the end of the nightly news but the majority is what’s wrong.
Then something unimaginable happens and out of it, we see goodness.
We see strangers helping one another. The respondents, the survivors, the medics, doctors, police — everyone coming together to help. We see ourselves in each other then — our humanity — what brings us together instead of what pits us against one another.
They’re from everywhere, all walks of life, all races, creeds, colors, sexual orientations, religions and different viewpoints. But none of that matters — everyone looks toward doing what they can to provide love, hope and compassion. We’re the same and all we want to do is fix it. Make things better. Get to a place where we feel safe again. We matter to one another, we listen and we help each other.
I’m in no way taking away from the pain and trauma that happened to these people. I’ll be able to put it in the back of my mind, but they’re in it, living it. But I saw a young man on one of those news stories who’d been shot twice, his friend shot and he saw other people die.
He said something like this about the person who was responsible: I don’t want anyone to take this the wrong way, but I feel sorry for him. I can’t imagine getting up everyday and having that much hatred and blackness in my heart and soul. So I’ll pray for him.
I don’t know if I could have that attitude, but if he can still believe in the goodness of people after that, then I can. And I do.
When Things Settle Down
I was disappointed when a famous political leader of New York (and I could care less about his political affiliation) brought up politics on the day that this happened. Demanding that the two major political players who are up election to lead our country do something about gun control. I think there’s a time and place for everything and in my opinion, it wasn’t the time nor the place.
I commend both of those gentlemen for not responding to him at all. Pretty soon, they can all get back to pointing fingers, blaming and accusing and I’m certain that we’ll see that soon.
I don’t ascribe to total ideological principles nor do I believe there are black/white, cut and dried answers. I think it’s a blending of the two — compromise — common sense and change takes time. But that’s just me and what do I know? We all need to be kind to each other though, we’re all we’ve got. Enough!
Anyway, I’m off to chase unicorns and rainbows today because I’ve got to get some lightness back in my life. I hope that you do the same and that you know in your heart that most people are good and want to do good. And for all its “shams and drudgery and broken dreams,” it is still a beautiful world.
Press play below. It always helps me get some perspective when I’ve had enough. Happy Monday everyone.
My country is the world, and my religion is to do good. — Thomas Paine