Where is the love? Love is the answer. All you need is Love. Although my original post was inspired for Valentine’s Day. And how a well rounded type of love from thyself, in a relationship and to others has transpired a new found love, motherhood; sadly that will have to wait.

Amongst the battles we all come across while living and breathing in a world that can become so dark and lonely this post is for you.

For the people who may or may not have been affected by those in the most recent shooting in a high school in South Florida. So close to my home in fact. Killing 17 innocent children and traumatizing all within those walls and on the other side. To those who have lost, I am sorry. To those who were saved, I am sorry. To those kids who showed up to school to learn. To those parents who thought dropping off their kids and thinking they are safe. To those parents who had to get a call for help. And those who have one more day with their children. To those parents who weren’t so lucky and that call was a not so great “pick me up.”

It’s heartbreaking to come across such a broken world of misled trust by what is safe and what is not. You can no longer walk into a church, a movie theater, a music festival or a school any longer and think only happy thoughts. Let alone where all children are to be; safe too. What are we to do? Tell one another everything is going to be okay? Believe it? Can we really? How do we? Where do we begin to build that trust again? So many questions and not enough answers.

It’s gut-wrenching to know that such cruel intentions can be masked so easily and selfishly. Where do we begin the repair? Does it start when one is impacted first hand-idly? Or sees the detriment it brings to others and can only imagine “I would die if that were me or my own.” Do you, can you, will you understand that it all starts and ends with love? Of your own. For yourself, to others and that in between. Nothing personal either. It’s not just about who you actually know it’s also about the strangers, the ones we don’t actually know. It’s not just about the neighbor next door who was honest enough to bring your delivered box over, unopened at that. It’s about the one down the street that may never come out to come get their mail or the ones that can’t.

It’s a real hard pill to swallow to think “sick minded people should die” or “they aren’t safe” when we have a world full of doctors and help and quite the contrary these people too have to clean their own hands. It’s real easy to turn away and say “that’s not my problem” all too much nowadays too. Have you ever had a bad day and a random act of kindness comes and just reminds you “things will be okay?” If not, hey.. “things will be okay..”

What’s not okay is how we quickly fight for our independence and individualism yet we don’t know what it is to lend a helping hand to thy neighbor. Things have gotten out of hand and we need to adjust that hand. We need to enforce behaviors and repercussions. It is not about violence or rage although that stems from it. It is not our job to judge or point fingers either. But stand with me and see the bigger picture here. PEOPLE NEED SAVING.

“Let us trust God, and our better judgment to set us right hereafter. United we stand, divided we fall. Let us not split into factions which must destroy that union upon which our existence hangs.” Patrick Henry


So what are we to do? #PAUSEANDPRAY

I believe first we should pause and pray. For those who have lost, for those who are losing it and for those whom have not lost. Secondly, love. Love all. Spread the love. Speak love into existence. Even in your darkest day if you cannot see the end of the tunnel at the very least bring light to someone else. Love yourself. Last but not least, love your children. Unconditionally, unapologetically, indefinitely, under any circumstance. Love other peoples children. Because children are light. They save people. Everyday. It’s harder to fix something that’s already broken. So start with your children. Show them what love is and if you don’t know well then start by learning to love them. All of them. All the time. The time is NOW. Our children are the future and when all else fails. Give them hope.

One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

My heart goes out to all those families today.

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