TRAGEDY IN FRANCE

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Normally on this blog I feature videos on the weekend, and one will be coming tomorrow, but I feel the need to address yesterday’s events in France. When a senseless violent act occurs like happened to our brothers and sisters in Paris we are left asking ourselves questions like “why?” and “how?” i think our inability to understand comes from the fact that there is no reason for this kind of violence. We cannot understand it, because it cannot be understood. Yes, it can be explained. Motives can be put forth, questions surrounding the mental states of those committing this horrible act can be questioned, but even with all the answers trying to understand how we can continue to do this to one another is beyond comprehension.
To me is screams a sense of urgency. Both on a personal and national level. We cannot wait to strive for more understanding of our fellow brothers and sisters. We cannot wait to develop more compassion. We cannot wait to erase the prejudice and judgments of the past. The time is not tomorrow, the time is now. Do what you can to do this in your community, but do everything you can to do it in yourself. We are all victims of what happened in France. It makes all of our world a darker place. Mr Rogers spoke of seeing the helpers. I am going to take it one step further, it is time to be the helper. How? Do what we talked about above. Support organizations that being people together. Be a voice for peace and change. Most of all be so in your heart. Treat all you meet with love and compassion. If yesterday’s events taught us anything, it taught us we cannot wait!

IN THE FACE OF TRAGEDY

Recent events in CT may leave us searching for ways to deal with such senseless violence. First things first, we must realize there truly is no sense to it. Trying to understand such malicious acts is not going to get us anywhere. Of course neither is saying ‘how bad the country is getting’ or ‘how terrible people are now’ Personly, I am not sure if either of those statements have truth to them or if technology has made such events more available to us. Either way, it is a heavy burden on all of our hearts. There is however, a gift to be found even in such tragedy. Instead of focusing on the evil of this situation, thus giving it more energy. I feel it is fair to point out the heros who gave their lives to protect children. Not to mention how it pulled our nation together. So while we take time so send our love and prayers to all those involved, let us not forget to be grateful. Grateful for the brave first responders. Grateful for the children who are safe. Grateful for the reminder to be more patient with our own children. Remeber to rally for peace, not against violence. Now more then ever it is more important to learn to listen to and love one another.