I am watching CNN again today and hearing the profound stories of those who survived the Las Vegas massacre and others’ experiences. I am tearfully listening to people who became shining stars in that dark moment, who became saviours to others and their heartwrenching stories of goodness, love and sacrifice.
As I sit here in my cluttered office with Oliver the cockapoo sleeping by my feet, I am struck with the blessings that surround me. Sure, money gets tight tight. Sure, life isn’t always smooth. Sure, there are challenges to face and work through. But, I am not hearing the echo of screaming and gunfire in my head.
When huge events shake up the world, we are affected too. We empathize. We know how it feels to lose a loved one or face a critical challenge. It triggers feelings in us. Looking at the news from Las Vegas, some of my friends are angry. “Get rid of the guns,” they say in frustration. “What is it gonna take?”
Others are feeling unsafe. “How can we go anywhere without feeling it is dangerous?”
Emotions are raw right now but when we take a big step back, we see that this kind of thing happens — and very little changes as time goes by. But, WE can change. We have power to make a difference for good in the world.
The first thing we can do is not let the fear of the unknown paralyze us. We are here to enjoy our life. We can find happiness even when we are feeling upset. Do not let the “what ifs” stop you from experiencing joy.
The second thing that we can do is take action. If you are in the US, call your rep. Speak up about gun control, if that is what you are feeling. The rest of us can donate our time, talent and treasure to caring for people and the planet in the way that feels best for us. Honor each other. Honour the Earth.
And, we need to let go, trusting that all of this somehow has purpose — to bring us closer together, to prompt us to reach out, to hug our loved ones a little tighter, to count our blessings.
These huge events are actually calls to action. Love will conquer fear. Blessings will flow. Light will shine. Hope will find us. Today, let go of the worry and negative thoughts that pull us down. Be fearless. Dare to love. Be prayer warriors. Speak up for what you know to be true and right. Then let go and let God work out the details.