I would like to comfort you with promises that nothing as horrible as the Pulse Shooting will happen again but I can’t. The world is filled with people who make mistakes. Filled with hopes and dreams that never see the light of day.
“We make the world what we want it to be. From tragedy we can rise and do purposeful good and spread joy as retaliation against ignorance and hate. This is our best weapon.”
Love is our best chance at change.
Love is what we’re learning in Orlando. You see it in yard signs. You feel it in the communities. While PUSLE was a tragedy of epic proportions I’m proud to be apart of this community. I’m proud to watch it pull together and learn to be good to one another.
I’m so grateful that we have taken these lessons into our hearts and learned love. You see terrible things happening all over the world. Pictures create memorials that turn into weird little spots that mark a loss. Not so for us. Orlando has bloomed.
Art to honor has been created, see it at the downtown Library.
People are paying more attention to how they treat others who are different than themselves. More smiles, more meals for the homeless, more tolerance. Thanks in part part to the Acts of Love and Kindness program through One Orlando Alliance.
I’m incredibly proud to be part of a community that’s choosing to return evil with good. Choosing to embrace those who were outcasts. Choosing love. That’s not something you hear every day.
Join us. Be a part of Orlando’s movement to show acts of love and kindness. Linked below is a picture created by One Orlando Alliance. They asked the parents of those lost how they would like to see love given. It’s a beautiful list.
Also, at the bottom of this post I have added my own list.
My list I will refer to and add to as I honor this and every other loss in my own life and tragedy driven by hate in the world. Today I honor Pulse by doing at least 49 things on this list AND recognizing 49 loving acts that occur around me. From the gentleman at the grocery store who moved his groceries up and put down the divider so I could put my basket down to the beautiful posts on Facebook sharing love. Each time I see an act of love I send a thank you up to the heavens today.
I see things I can do literally every single day. Join me, let’s smile more. Let’s spread love. Let’s fight back against the darkness of the day with love and light.