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Saturday, December 29, 2012

How to Find Meaning in Time of Tragedy

Lets Talk About It - From NYC w/Dana J.

I was hesitant to write this blog because of recent tragic events. I felt strongly that I was not in the place to write my piece on the horrific event. I feel at this point my heart is ready to say whatever flows through my fingers. I noticed, especially lately, every time I turn on the news there is some horror that has occurred. It seems as if I am watching a movie unfold. I cringe at the thought of turning on the news these days, but you can't get away from it. The second you go on the Internet you are bombarded with images, stories, and the social media. I am very active in social media, but lately I have strayed a bit. I think we all need to remember to take a break from certain things and go back to our lives for awhile. It is very easy to forget what is important and to go outside and just breathe.

When I first heard of the news on what happened to those angels and teachers at the elementary school, my heart dropped, my throat clenched, and I was in complete shock that a person could commit such an act. What could I do, where can I go, and how can I help were my first thoughts. As the type of person I am these are my normal thoughts and emotions. I was frantic in my thinking at that moment. Once I took some deep meditative breaths, I realized there was nothing I could do. I felt a bit a helpless, but I soon realized I was doing it. I was praying and sending my heart and love to all those people. It was at that point that I finally moved from my frozen space after awhile. The first thing you do is look at the people around you in your life. A million thoughts run through your head at the speed of lightening. Each person loved more that day and held each other more that day.

The truth is we never really think these things will happen to us or where we live. It doesn't matter how the nice the area or neighborhood Who believes such a thing would happen in a quiet, close knit, almost picturesque town? The fact is we should be thinking this way each and everyday of our lives. We should be striving for change daily. We must love fully and with our whole hearts all the time. There is no such thing as part-time love. The time is now. We must live for the now not knowing what is ahead, and we must do it the right way. Regardless of your religious beliefs or faith, when you are given a loud awakening you must respond to it. Life is not going to wait for us to get right. Life can mow you down in the blink of an eye if you allow it.

If someone told me tomorrow I had cancer, I would probably feel like I just ran into a brick wall. Why did I use this as an example? Well, even if I was never cured, it would create a different healing in me as I have experienced in other ways in my life. You fight for life with purpose and strength that you pull from anywhere you can find it. It is there, you just have to reach for it. The only way to heal is through finding something without ourselves that we never ever thought existed and becoming that person. You often hear people say I should have followed my dreams. Guess what? You can and should. Most of the time we wait until something happens that prompts us to finally LIVE. We should always be living and not settling as just a presence. Through bouts of healing I have found an entire person that I had no idea was inside of me, so I would never change anything that has happened for that very reason alone. It is the greatest gift I have ever been given.

We moan, we complain, we are saddened, we are angry, and just full of so many emotions over things that can't even compare and are trivial in relation to events such as what recently happened. It makes it all seem so full of ego. I pray, but do we pray all the time or just when it suits me? Do we go to GOD only when something bad happens and when he is needed or all the time as we should? We are all guilty of it in some way, but something like this makes you think twice about how you live your life. It makes you appreciate it that much more. We need to be grateful and appreciate our lives in full abundance no matter how many good days or bad days.

I can't fathom what to think, say, or feel after such heartbreaking news that we all have mourned over the past couple weeks. There are no right words. There is no quick fix. There is no softening the blow. There is no consoling that will fill the big hole in all the broken hearts. All that is left is to just love and love some more. Have faith and believe that in time healing will come, but it won't happen overnight. In fact, it won't happen for a very long time.

I don't want to make this blog about politics, gun control, mental health, or the man responsible. That is not what this is about. This is about connecting, feeling, and getting in touch with what is missing. It is to spread awareness and love throughout. We are in desperate need of those vital things. Our world has become superficial, violent, narcissistic, and dark in many ways. We need to wake up and spread glory and happiness without hesitation.

I will say it again...Love! That is the answer to so many things. It is not a magic potion, but it is what heals. I believe that with all my heart and soul. Don't wait for anything. Just do it! We need to come together as one unit, as a community, as a group, as a city, as a town, as a world, and as a universe.

It shouldn't be what can I do. It should be what can we do. What can we do TOGETHER! I pray for healing, for the souls, for the hearts of all those involved. I pray that GOD keeps his arms wrapped around them and protects them. My heart goes out to each and every one of them as my heart aches for them. We felt what happened as a nation and it hit hard. How many of these have to take place before something is done? That was the question that surrounded that day of unimaginable events Right away it became a debate. How many times have we all asked that question in the past decade? Let's not just ask questions. Let's take steps to create the world that we want and implement the changes.

I am not here to answer the plethora of questions that are being asked. All I want to do is reflect and love. I want us to REALLY see what is going on around us. We must open our eyes wide, because after several red flags it is time we take some type of action as ONE!

Our deepest fears are are no longer so deep. Everyday is a gift. Every person in your life is a gift. YOUR life is a gift. The greatest gifts in life often do not come in packages. Love unconditionally, have compassion, listen, open your heart, be grateful, forgive...One love!

There is always time to smile big, laugh hard, and dance like you have never danced before. In fact make it a priority. Put it on your to do list when you wake up. The sun can shine even when it is the darkest of days.

Many Blessings
D :)

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