A brief reflection on today’s shooting tragedy

Connecticut shooting

A shooting unlike any other in American history shook the world today when 28 died in an elementary school in Connecticut, including 20 children between the ages of 5 and 10.

By now, most all of you have heard the news, and many of you have wept for the lives lost. The tragedy has sparked discussions of gun control and mental illness, and not all of it was handled with the most grace. Most disturbing were the news reporters who had the inhumanity to interview traumatized kids so soon after the event.

When will these shootings stop? When can we stop being afraid to enter public spaces when even movie theaters and elementary schools aren’t safe?

Go home tonight. Hug your kids. Your niece. Your nephew. Cousins. Grandchildren.

Just love someone.

In times like these, it’s important to show other people we care. That we’re there for them. That we understand.

We need to remind ourselves of the good in the world. So do something that makes you happy. Read a book. Take a walk. Spend the weekend just … being. Value the time that you have and the people in your life, and do it for those who no longer can — whose lives have been cut short and those who can no longer hold their children. Honor them by living and showing more kindness than ever before, and do it every day.

If the laws won’t change, if we can’t come to an agreement on the right solution, then we need to facilitate change in a way everyone can: by being better people. That’s how we can foster a better world.

[Photo credit: The Onion]

2 thoughts on “A brief reflection on today’s shooting tragedy

  1. I believe this 100% Stephanie. It feels like being kind is the only thing we can do, since the laws won’t change. And each one of us can do that, every day with little effort, even to strangers.Smile at someone you don’t know in the grocery store, hold a door open for someone, say hello to someone you’re passing on the street…it can all make a big difference, especially for a depressed or unhappy person. If more people felt the kindness of others, maybe it would help alleviate a little bit of the pain they feel inside. The other thing that makes a difference, for me anyway, is taking joy from the little things. Revel in that joy, obsess over it, and pretty soon there won’t be room in our lives for anger or hate. Just part of my take on some of this. We’ve had two mass shootings here in WI recently, but this one made me physically sick today…..those poor kids….just heartbreaking….feel so helpless tonight.

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