One week later, the healing begins.
I have never lost someone to a tragedy like this so I can’t possibly imagine what it feels like. Empathy, love and hope is the best I can offer. However, I do know this: the lives of the people affected by the events on January 8 will be changed forever. My prayer is the rest of us will be changed, too.
What happened in that shopping center wasn’t about political intolerance; it’s about the gift of Free Will we have been given.
Free Will is responsible for both the goodness and the grief we see in the world. The shooter exercised his Free Will on that day and the people who stopped him exercised theirs.
Perhaps the best way we can honor the dead is to commit to using our Free Will to stop the bitterness; the selfishness and the mean-spirited tone that seems to be growing louder.
This commitment won’t bring back the dead, but it can serve as a line in the sand where we can raise our voices and hearts and shout, “No more.”
It’s time we take care of each other as if we are all brothers and sisters; it’s time we learn how to disagree without hatred being injected into the conversation; it’s time to say , “Yes” to kindness everyday no matter how frustrated or tired we feel.
Free Will gives us the power to make new choices every day.
As our thoughts and attention begin to move beyond Tucson, let’s use the memory to remember to choose more wisely.