Hello! By now, you have all heard the devastating news out of Connecticut about the shooting at the elementary school. It is heart wrenching and mind boggling to think that so many innocent children and teachers were so brutally taken away from their families and lives. I sit here trying to find words as tears slip down my cheeks. Prayers are sent non-stop for the grieving families as love and warm hugs are sent to try to keep them together. Beyond that, I feel helpless and speechless and very near hopeless.
But I have this blog, so I want to find the words to say something. Because we, as a society, cannot go on like this. We have to stop this. Somehow, we have to wake up and shake up and come full stop on the road we are on and choose another path. I can’t help but feel we are headed for a doomsday…it doesn’t matter the date. Today was doomsday for all those children and teachers. So today, it came for them. Are we going to wait for someone or something to tell us, this is the end….or are we going to stand up and take action to make sure that day does not come again.
The young man who committed this heinous crime was once an innocent child himself. What happened in his life that brought him to this day? A six year old does not wake up one day and say, I think I will grow up to be a mass murderer. (I know that this person had some serious mental issues as well).
After today….no one can tell me that the hate, violence and twisted ideas that are spilled out into the world on a daily basis through TV, movies, video games, and social media are not having an effect on people and contributing to this kind of insanity. There are people out there who claim this is not true and that these are “isolated cases”. I say, BAH, not so….for these isolated cases are not so isolated anymore, are they? They are in our cities, towns, at our schools, and next door. We have GOT to wake up to this and change the face of our nature and activities. We have GOT to take responsibility for what we put out into the world. We can’t keep putting putrid and hateful things out there and then say, oh, it doesn’t have anything to do with me or think that it won’t have any impact.
Every person, in every home or office, behind every computer or phone needs to STOP NOW, before you send one more message….and examine what you are about to say and what message it puts out into the world. Is it really hate and viciousness (in the guise of speaking freely) that we want to live with, that we want to direct at each other? Or can we find that flame of love and compassion that lives within us, somewhere, and choose that thought instead?
Somehow, someway, we have to find our way back to loving each other and caring about each others feelings….and getting our heads out of each others space where we judge and ridicule and bash and find glee in someone else’s misfortune or troubles. We must each make ourselves responsible for our attitudes and thoughts, energy and words, that we contribute to the climate of this society.
WE HAVE TO STOP THIS MADNESS.
This Is My Plea….that every person….Today….STOP and THINK about what you are doing and saying. Become astutely aware of each thought and action. Are you treating people with love in your heart and mind, or carelessly or with antipathy? Pay attention, look around you, and notice if someone is hurting, and feel for them. Tell someone. Speak up. Reach out. Help them if you can. Get them help if you can. It is not always possible….but at the very least….you CAN feel compassion for the people around you. If you, yourself, are hurting, seek help. Don’t shut down, don’t shut off Love and Compassion. Because, if everyone shuts it down…we are lost. BUT, if everyone looks within and touches that part of their soul again and allows it come forward….then it touches us ALL, and we will ALL get to feel it. And possibly save this world.
We need LOVE to rule again. We need empathy, concern, kindness and consideration to be the directive again. We need to change…and LOVE is the only way to do it.
So start, with me, in your own heart, in your own soul, in your own house, on your own street, in your own town…..and on and on. Start somewhere….before we have nowhere to start from.
We have the Power to change this. We have the Power to say this is not how we want the world to be. We have the Power to begin writing a different story. We have the Power to come together and use our Power for the good of All.
With Love and Blessings!