Another tragedy has shaken our country. It's hard to put into words the thoughts that are rushing through all of our minds.

What is going on in our world?

Remember the Black Eyed Peas song "Where's the Love?" I feel like that is becoming more relevant every single day. Between hurricanes devastating areas of the country and a lack of water, food and shelter for those in need, to a senseless shooting that takes the lives of 50 people and injures more than 200 people (some new reports say the total injured is over 400 now).

And back in May, a suicide bomber killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. Will we be too afraid to go to concerts or any place where there will be a crowd?

Even if you've never been to Las Vegas, even if you don't listen to country music or ever go to concerts, this hits home. We're all human, we're all connected. You may not know someone who was affected by the shooting, but you may feel like you do. It's hard not to think "what if," what if that was my friend, my daughter, or my coworker at that concert? What if I lost someone during this awful shooting?

So what do we do? How do we handle such a tragedy?

Be there. Be there for those who have been directly and indirectly affected by this tragedy. Listen to those who want to or need to talk about what has happened. And don't hold in your own feelings. Whether you write it down or speak to someone, get out those emotions. Even if you're not sure exactly what you're feeling. Try to make sense of the those rushing thoughts in your mind.

Everyone copes differently. Some people shut down, some don't want to acknowledge what's going on, and other are an open book. Let people grieve the way it works for them. The last thing we need to do right now is start fighting on whether or not a person has the right to feel the way they do after this. We need to come together as a country, more than ever before.

 

 


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