I woke up this morning feeling compelled to pen my emotions regarding the CT grade school shooting that happened yesterday.
I think it took a good 24-hours for the reality of it happening to really sink in for me.
The more that has come to light and the more anecdotes I read the heavier my heart feels. I cannot think of a more tragic, heinous, and heart-wrenching act. My whole heart, 10 times over, goes out to each and every person in any way connected to this. Really, that is all of us. The victims, their families, their friends, their networks. It also goes out to people like you and me that are just hearing and reading the news as we shake our heads going, ‘what is happening? How can this be?’
It’s left me stunned.
All I can think is, who does this? Who could? Who walks into an elementary school and opens fire on sweet, innocent children and adults? Who, why? How can someone have that in them? My brain cannot even process the event. It’s monstrous; the most monstrous exploit I can imagine. And why have violent acts on this grand of a scale been increasing?
How do we stop this senseless brutality? Is it easier access to therapy? Mandatory mental health counseling until a certain age? Gun control? Tighter regulations for entering a campus, like they do for airports?
I am so heavy hearted as this news really sinks in. Parents that dropped off their beloved babies yesterday morning will never see them again. I can’t even imagine what that feels like. Children and adults at the school and all those involved firsthand will be forever scarred from witnessing that barbaric display. From the terror of the sights, sounds, and feelings to the sad aftermath. I extend to them all so much love. I wish I could give them more. I wish there was something, anything, that I could do to help. To help those affected and to stop anything like this from ever- EVER- happening again.
It is truly a reminder to love more, to be more kind, to reach out to those in need, and to lend that one extra helping hand.
I wish that we could eliminate all cruel acts in this world, to children, animals, adults, the environment, really everything. It starts with each of us individually and I think it is an ‘adding up’ of the little deeds and daily actions. I know that today I am going to try to be a little more gracious and charitable than I was yesterday, and the day before yesterday, and the day before that. And it is my sincerest of hopes that this heinous act is the very last of its kind.
Wishing you a day filled with love.