Only YOU Can Change the World

“I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody.” – Lily Tomlin

When we look at violent acts or senseless tragedy, we often question why they took place. What the cause was? Or, how could it have been prevented?

While we never really know the reasons behind such acts, we can look at what contributes to something like this happening.

For me, it makes me think about what we expose our children to. The media. Violent television shows. Violent movies. Violent video games. Bullying.

The list could go on and on.

I then turn back to the quote above.

Don’t use this as an opportunity to place blame, instead use this as an opportunity to take responsibility.

For me, that means not contributing, participating, or supporting violence in the media (movies, TV, video games). I can choose to not watch these programs, not pay for them, not condone them.

It also means to me, that we all have a responsibility to say something when we feel as though someone is in trouble or is troubled.

It means that we all need to let people know how important they are, how much they are loved, and how much their life has meaning. So that not only do they respect their own life, but the life of others.

What has this tragedy done for you? What are you taking away from this?

How can you show up differently? I’d love to hear your comments on my blog here.

2 thoughts on “Only YOU Can Change the World

  1. Janet Fiorenzo says:

    Thanks for your message Andrea. I too, am heartbroken about the recent violence but am aware that this recent event is a wake up call for us collectively, to deeply examine the “violence” in our world and in our communication – whether it is through our media, movies, radio, news etc, our own communication with one another or our negative self-talk. When we don’t become conscious and mindful about what we are thinking, saying and doing it comes out in ways that are harmful and destructive to ourselves and others. Let’s all look at where we can be kinder and gentler in what we are “expressing” in our world and take responsibility to change…
    Janet Fiorenzo
    Authentic Communication LLC

  2. Ross says:

    Andrea,

    We live less than a mile away from the movie theater. Our son was invited to go with a group of his friends and he ended up going with a different group of friends to a theater in Parker.

    I shudder every time I think about that and I am heartbroken for everyone that lost a loved one in this senseless tragedy.

    More than ever I think now is the time to treat everyone with loving kindness. Avoid judgement and blame as that only separates us at a time that we need to connect with each other.

    The debate will rage on about gun control, mental health, what warning signs were missed. We will find no answers from the “experts” that will provide solace or prevent another tragedy like this.

    I hope that each of us will choose to show up differently in the world. I believe that kindness matters. It is a place to start.

    “I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go.”-Rachel Scott, Columbine High School

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