The tragedy of life is not death, but what we let die inside of us, while we live. – Norman Cousins
Facing death and tragedy in our lives is becoming far more common than we ever imagined. For a long time tragedy was something that other people faced far away and if it did happen, it was never in the safety of our local community.
Unfortunately, we now have to face it may happen anytime, anywhere and that no one is immune.
So how do we wake up and live in this new world? Where can we express our feelings of fear, sadness and anger at these killings, without worrying if we will be judged or harmed?
Each of us has a responsibility to look within; to face our feelings about the pain in the world and learn how to express and nurture these emotions safely.
A radio station here in Australia, said we should round-up these “so-called” murderers and ISIS supporters and ship them out? Ship them out where? And who are these murderers? They can be our next door neighbors, the local shop owner, or simply a young man lost and alone looking for direction and purpose in life.
We may feel vulnerable and fearful of the future, but we will always have control over our thoughts, feelings and actions.
Each day we get to decide, no matter what is going on in our world, whether we nurture and listen to ourselves or not. Our world within is what we can control and balance. It’s the only way we can begin to heal these gaping wounds.