Remembering today as a tragedy, not an event for political fodder
My heart is saddened today. I just learned of the news about the shooting at Pulse in Orlando. No, I’m not from there and I don’t know anyone that was there, but my heart breaks just the same. 50 people. 50, that will never see another beautiful sunset, that will never smile, laugh, or hug someone again.
This makes me sad. It makes me ashamed, it makes me angry, and it makes me feel sick in my stomach and in my soul. It also reminds me that this is life. It was a hate crime, for sure, it was a terrorist attack, no doubt. All of that aside, though, it was a tragedy, and we need to feel that for a while.
I write this because, as I mentioned, I don’t know anyone that was involved personally, so my feelings are not as directly linked to those that do, but when the news was shared with me this morning, included was a political jab at Obama, that just should have never been mentioned. Not yet, not today. Today, we mourn the loss of 50 individuals. There is a time to stand up and take aim, but that time is not today.
I want to provide an objective view of what has happened, before politics and personal feelings get dragged up into a frenzy, and the loss is forgotten and tossed aside for anger and hate. I want to, hopefully, give a reminding glimpse of the loss and the tragedy of the event for what it is at its heart. Not as political fodder to be argued over and fought about.
People were shot at and killed. People, human beings. Individuals who got up and went to work every day, just like you do, who spend their free-time loving and caring about someone, and having someone that loves and cares about them. That is gone now. It’s just…gone.
So, when you are learning the news of this tragic event, and you see the headlines that read terrorist attack and hate crime, take a moment to breathe, and mourn for the lives that were lost, the families that are now missing something, and for the joys of life that will be missed by 50 individuals.
Don't spread the hate and the anger. The time for that will come. For now, just be saddened by the loss of lives that mattered, take some time to experience the grief that this is our country, it is in a state of mess, and the only way to clean it up is to be calm, think things through, and feel the losses as they come. Reach out, find a way to support those who lost someone, figure out a way to stop the madness, and encourage others to do the same.
It is a sad, sad day. Hug your loved ones, tell them you love them no matter what, and do your part to prevent something like this from happening again. Spread love, sorrow for the loss, and encourage others to do the same, and change the way we handle tragedies like this.