Reading news about added security at the 46th annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta being held in New Mexico this week is a reminder that we are still reeling from last Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In the aftermath of any traumatic event, every person is different in their process of healing and recovery. Whether we are directly or indirectly impacted by the traumatic event, there is a healing process that is unique to every individual.
Like many of my friends, I am having a difficult time grappling with the shooting in Las Vegas that happened the evening of October 1, 2017. I know it has only been a week and it is reasonable that we are still grieving for those affected.
The actions of KINDNESS that so many are taking to improve the lives of those directly impacted is inspiring and important.
Las Vegas Victims’ Fund
As I post this article today, the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund is $10,194,656. The fund was set up on Go Fund Me by Steve Sisolak, Clark County Commission Chair from Las Vegas. Sharing KINDNESS by participating in something that will benefit those directly injured by the massacre has given the 82,685 people who contributed from around the world an opportunity to take action and participate in the healing process.
The Superpower KINDNESS in action does help, but may not be enough.
Why Not Me
Yesterday I watched Eric Church’s video clip from the Grand Ole Opry. He was at the concert and described struggling with the fate that had fallen on his many fans. He celebrated at the Las Vegas concert the day before the shooting and broke down as he described the heartbreak he feels for the people, the fans he feels so close to. He explained that the way he comes to grips with anything tragic in his life is through music so he wrote the song “Why Not Me.”
The feelings of COMPASSION he expresses through his music creates a ripple effect of inspiration and healing. Today the YouTube video has 5.4M views and dozens of reposts and comments with thousands more views. Opening his heart and sharing his Superpower COMPASSION has helped millions in their own healing process.
Connection with those that have activated the Superpowers of KINDNESS and COMPASSION get us closer to healing and receiving the Superpower that lifts us beyond grief.
There have been memorials constructed to honor those that were killed. These tender actions give a physical and creative release for those doing the construction. It also gives a location for those of us who need to take action by showing our respects and participating in PRAYER.
Here are links to articles about two in Las Vegas:
- Retired carpenter creates memorial for Las Vegas victims using wood crosses – CNN
- Hundreds of volunteers rush to build memorial park to honor Las Vegas shooting victims – 13 Actions News
PRAYER is a healing Superpower, and is just the beginning.
GRACE is the one Superpower that transcends any tragedy and the overwhelming feelings of sadness and grief that fuels fear or inertia.
The first definition of grace on Webster.com is “unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification.” As a Superpower, GRACE is activated through PRAYER. GRACE is also activated by connecting to others who freely share their Superpowers with others.
Sharing our own Superpowers like COMPASSION, KINDNESS and PRAYER with others is the fuel that lifts our spirits by GRACE.
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