“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.