I had a completely different post for today but when I got home from the gym this morning I saw news of the tragedy that occurred in Las Vegas. I wish I had more eloquent words and I know that when I re-read this I’ll think, “I should have said…” but I will say this instead; I am heartbroken. Our world is in shambles. Every day I turn on the TV or listen to the news and it’s another gut-wrenching disaster. Hurricanes, earthquakes, and hatred poured upon hatred. The weather is beyond our control, but our actions aren’t. We can’t control the actions of others, but we can control how we react to them.
It devastates me to live in a world where hate constantly one-ups itself. Every mass shooting takes more lives than the last. Wouldn’t it be great if we lived in a place where love was a constant outpouring? One day, I’d like to turn on the news and hear about the most free meals given to the hungry, the largest number of donations of blankets and coats for the upcoming winter, or the greatest number of homes built for the homeless. However, that won’t happen unless we take action. Social media is full of complaints about what others did or did not do to help out when most of the complainers aren’t doing anything themselves.
The one thing I can do for sure is pray, and so can you. Whether you believe in God or something else, you can still say a prayer. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that prayers and heartfelt thoughts don’t fix the problem. I can’t imagine the mental state of a person before they commit such atrocities. My personal opinion is that much more focus needs to be put on mental health in our country, but prayer and civic action are not mutually exclusive. We should all do both. When you can do something to help, do it. Give what you can when you can. I’m not currently in a position to donate thousands of dollars to relief efforts but I can donate something — even if it’s my time. Even if all you can give is a shoulder to cry on, give that.
This isn’t just about Las Vegas. There are people hurting all over the world. As you go through your day, remember to pour out a little more love than yesterday. Ignore your differences. We’re all different. You never know what battles people are fighting or what tragedy they may be facing. Be a source of hope, compassion, and understanding.
Week 27 Weigh-In
I lost 4.8 pounds this week. I’m back down to where I need to be and now the work of losing 20 pounds begins. I’ve got three weeks left, but greater miracles have happened. Let’s make this a miraculous week!