I know it and many other situations like this have been very prevalent in the news lately. My heart aches for the victims and their families and to have one of these incidents only 15 minutes away from my home is very unsettling.
I don't want to get into a long winded diatribe about how violence is a horrible thing...senseless violence even more so.
What I want to focus on is the reliance of the human spirit and hope. There has been and will be enough said about the negative side of all this and rightly so...we need to have an open discussion about gun violence and gang violence in our cities.
What we also need is to heal our hearts; our spirits and our families and show the world and our children that there is so much more to human nature than the capacity for sheer ignorance and evil.
Here in Toronto there have been candle light vigils and gatherings displaying an outpouring of love and empathy for the victims of such horrifying violence. What we have to remember is violence touches us all....so does love and respect.
There is no reason that the support; caring and emotion we show others when a dire situation occurs can not be shown to humans beings in our communities on a daily basis. If we took the time to hold our hand rather than show a fist we'd be a better world; a better community over all.
Forgiveness is a hard thing but without it we are all in danger of allowing the poison o fhatred and retatiation taint our hearts and ur souls. If we allow that then there is no hope for us.
I refuse to believe that there is no hope in this world. Human beings although at times fickle, are also the most compassionate and resilient creatures on the planet. If we give up on one another than evil and despair has won. In times like these we cannot allow that.
Hope is the light at the end of this long, violent laden tunnel. Hope is the whisper in our ear that gives us courage. Hope is the beginning of forgiveness and change.
Once you choose hope, anything's possible. ~Christopher Reeve
Take a moment to pray or have a positive intention for those who have been scarred by violence then allow hope to give you strength to take up the challenge of making your home; your community; your world a better place. Hope and love spread quickly and is the salve to heal many a wound. We need hope right now.....hope is you!
I am still looking for ideas to write about. If you have something to share or an idea that I and the rest of us curvy ladies out there need to know about, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Until next time....
heather mcalendin 2012