Today Southwest Virginia faced yet another gut-wrenching shooting in the deaths of Alison Parker and Adam Ward. My heart completely aches for their families, friends, and their community.
To be honest, I have purposefully hidden my head in the sand today. I saw something about it briefly on Facebook right after the shooting (before it grabbed headlines) and was grateful to be running errands all day. You see, ever since the VT shooting, any time I hear about another shooting, I stay away from social media and the news. I can’t handle it. I have tried (once, after another shooting happened a couple years after 2007)… but it took me back into such a dark place. So this is how I cope. I say a short prayer for those involved and then stay away. I focus on the positives… the things that I can control. I focus on the life and light around me. It is the only way that I know how to bear with such unspeakable and undeniable tragedy. I’m not pretending it isn’t happening, but it’s the only way that I can honor lives lost.
So if you ask me if I heard about the shooting, please excuse me if I start to get teary eyed and become short with you and want to change the subject. I don’t want to talk about it. I’m not ignoring it happened and ignoring those lives lost, but I am dealing in the way that I can.
I’m not telling you what to do. Each of us handles tragedy in different ways. I would just make one request. Today, honor life. Fill your heart with gratitude that it is beating. I am so blessed that tomorrow I can wake up and get to find something else to be grateful for.