In the wake of the tragedy in Orlando, I understand that everyone has an opinion. Everyone is hurting. And everyone (at least I hope) agrees that this type of thing just should. not. happen.
Emotions are high, which of course means that conversations are tense. Arguments start. Names are called. Rules are proposed. Debates are started. And politics become even messier than they already are. In a world where we live on Facebook, my newsfeed is riddled with posts spreading love and posts spitting fire. It wasn’t until I saw a post by Lissa Rankin that I was reminded that even though it feels like the world is splitting apart, that we are all in fact, all hurting and connected, together.
I am a science buff. My favorite class I’ve ever taken was physics, which taught me that for every action, there is an equal but opposite reaction. However as a student of positive thinking and the goodness of the universe and laws of attraction, I also believe that where there is good, there is more good. And where there is bad, there is also good. I have always, always believed that whatever bad may happen, something good will come from it. And if it is unclear or unseen at first, it is up to us to find it, create it, or transform the bad into something of value. We owe it to the victims. We owe it to their families. We owe it to everyone who is hurting, and dammit, we owe it to ourselves for holding an unwavering faith in the universe, to find that which we have faith in: the good.
One of these tragedies will be the one that teaches us to listen. One of these times we will find unity and forgiveness and understanding. One of these times it is BOUND to be the last time something awful like this happens. From this, maybe someone will be born who will change the world. Maybe everyone who lived through it will grow stronger. Maybe it will spark a conversation and healing and understanding instead of riffs and separation between good guys and bad guys.
I should explain, my vision of the good coming from dialogue or understanding is partly sparked by this video I saw earlier today (posted below). Who knows if this is the good that is to come from the tragedy in Orlando, or if it’s something different all together. What I do know is that it is all of our jobs to find the good, be the good, and transform this horrible tragedy into something positive. This world is wonderful, and despite all the signs that point otherwise, I’m not bending my views. Join me in finding the positive and being the positive. Join me in not just living good for myself, but in living in a way that is bigger than myself. Spread love and positivity. Be an influence. Be the good that comes when we need it most.