Tonight the information highways are full of today’s shooting of Rep Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona and her staff. My heart breaks for the victims – for everyone who witnessed the violence. My heart breaks because there is so much hate, so much misdirected anger, so little ability to listen, to bridge divides. My heart breaks at the unwillingness of those who have pointed guns publicly to accept any responsibility for this act. My heart breaks for those whose grieving began today.
We can continue to feed our anger, point fingers and grow hatred. We can choose to allow this act to touch us deeply, to turn our faces toward the sun of compassion, to let the change we desperately need begin with us. Or we can do nothing, bury our feelings in our vices, go shopping, have a drink, yell at the kids and let someone else clean up the mess.
The choice is ours.
Moment to moment, the choice is always ours.
What do you want your world to look like?