Once again our nation is reeling in the aftermath of another senseless massacre. This time, 17 promising lives in Parkland, Florida were cut short.
I have always believed that when you have the ability to make a difference, you also have the responsibility to make a difference, and I strive to make a difference through my art and writing. During troubling times like these, I think it is incumbent upon those of us who have been blessed with creative talents to use our abilities to build bridges of peace and understanding; inspire calmness; become the voice of reason and take a stand for justice.
Last year I wrote a blog post called “Be a L.I.G.H.T. in the World!” which shares my acronym for LIGHT: Love, Inspire, Give, Heal, Transform.
We must become the light; only light can illuminate the darkness.
Yes, it’s a complicated issue; but it isn’t a hopeless issue. Rather than casting blame on the NRA, or shrugging our shoulders and saying Congress isn’t ever going to take action, let’s take the ball into our own hands and become advocates for change. I have not spoken with ONE person who thinks it makes sense for ordinary citizens to be able to purchase semi-automatic weapons. NOT ONE.
Yes, we need a solution which includes universal background checks, addresses mental health issues, improves security in our schools, and implements sensible gun control laws without eroding our second amendment right to bear arms. Isn’t it worth the effort to craft legislation which will ensure that we are putting fewer people at risk? By working together we can heal the great divide which has been paralyzing our country.
We can start by utilizing the Zenspirations® Word of the Month for February: LISTEN. Be open to hear other people’s ideas, and be willing to share yours. We can’t change the past, but we can start today to build a safer future for everyone. The more we use our creative talents to promote understanding and foster cooperation, the brighter the light of our souls will shine. I want to invite you to join me in using compassion and creativity to build bridges and encourage hope. Together we can make the world a better– and a safer– place.
What can you do right now? You can let your congressional leaders know how you feel! Click here to find and write to your representatives, or call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121, which will connect you directly with your senators’ or representative’s office. Or call your elected officials’ offices directly at numbers found here for the Senate and here for the House.
I’ve done a lot of research this week, and have compiled a list of articles and videos I found enlightening, inspiring, moving and/or educational. Please leave a comment to let me know if you’d like me to share these. If you are interested, I’d also be happy to share the letter I’m writing to my Congresswoman and Senators.
Keep BELIEVING. Believe in yourself. Believe that you have a unique ability to make a difference in the world. Believe in your dreams. Believe in those you love. Believe that you are where you are meant to be, and that what you do matters.
Before closing tonight I want to congratulate Jennifer Webster Siembida and Lisa Gheno-Cuevas. Lisa, your name was selected from those who left comments on last week’s blog– please let me know if you’d prefer a selection of Zenspirations® greeting cards, or a signed copy of the God Was in this Place print. Jennifer, your name was randomly drawn from those who shared a Love-themed Bible Journaling piece to celebrate the 1st anniversary of the Bible Journaling Jumpstart Facebook Group, and I’ll be sending you the awesome basket of goodies.
Thank you all for the difference you make in the world. Please share the concept becoming a L.I.G.H.T. … the more people who are committed to being kind and respectful, to reaching out in love, to staying grounded in gratitude and keeping hope in their hearts, the better!