Horrific. The only way to describe what happened in Las Vegas last night.
People will say there are no words.
There are lots of words.
Words of Anger. Of Sadness. Of Loss. Of Grief.
Words of magnitudes.
Yet, we feel helpless. So we say “there are no words.”
There are words of hope. And of comfort. And of light.
Of a saying “hi” to our neighbor, or “Hey, let’s go give blood.”
Or “Here, have a sandwich,” or make a call to a senator to say “How dare you stay silent on gun control again and again.”
These acts CAN NOT be silenced.
Yes. If you feel grief, take time, stay quiet, ponder with loved ones and protect yourself.
But, please, oh please, stop saying there are no words. Try this list if you’re stuck.
Take a moment.
Light a candle instead.
Whisper, sing, shout or wail a prayer.
For the mothers and daughters, sons, and brothers and fathers who are hurting and have lost ones most dear. For the co-workers who won’t have a project mate, the child now parentless, the countless kids across the country afraid to go to school, or the movies, or the football stadium.
Light a candle for all the conversations this incident should spark.
Light a candle for you. A person with words, who can use them for good.
Light a candle for hope and for healing.
Spread the light.
I do not want to take away from the heaviness of tragedies aftermath. Yet, I do believe dwelling in good brings peace. Share in the comments a few things you found to be beautiful in the slurry of mixed emotions following today.