In the wake of the tragedy in Connecticut last week, I thought I would dedicate this blog to uplifting the holiday spirit. While nobody can provide answers or explain why these types of tragedies occur, it becomes a time of reflection on society. There is no doubt that many of you felt physically sick, as I did, when I heard the news about the horrific incident last week. How will you internalize and cope with the news of this deadly massacre on US soil during the holiday season?
Everyone will deal with this kind of shocking news in a different way. I have a friend who is in her early 40s and does not have kids, but had to cancel dinner plans this weekend because she was so upset that she could not go about her normal daily life.
Will you become so sad that you can’t stop sobbing every time you glance at the news ticker? Will you become so angry that you can’t sleep at night obsessing about gun control? Will you become so afraid that you remove your children from school permanently and begin to home school them? Will you become so confused about mental health issues that you become immobilized?
All of these reactions are normal and I am sure we have all felt some of these emotions over the past few days. While I can relate to all of these emotions and concerns, I am making a conscious decision to not allow my feelings of sadness inhibit my daily function. In fact, I am choosing to find strength and be there to support my friends and family who are not able to find that strength. I am choosing to feel fortunate to be surrounded by wonderful, loving friends, family and colleagues who I know I can always count on in tough times. I am choosing to get out of bed every day, stand tall, and feel alive with every breath. I am choosing to be thankful for all of the wonderful things in life. I am choosing to give the gift of strength along with a soft reassuring smile to those I encounter this holiday season.
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