I had planned to write a post called “Swimming Pools and Movie Stars” – a silly discussion about how I can’t remember if I first wanted to be an actress or a writer.
But given the days events, I don’t think that’s appropriate. Given the days events, I tried to find a poem to honor the dozens of lives lost in Virginia, today, but could not.
So, before the news stations saturate us with multitudinous variations of what occurred, and before blame starts flying around like hot ash in the air, and before the law suits begin and safety experts travel to other college campuses to audit security, and before the tributes to the different lives lost start airing across the country, and before we own our outrage like we own our belongings, I ask those of you who read this to take a minute to sit in silence and honor the lives lost, and try to send their souls (if you believe in such things) and their families thoughts of peace, and love, and well-being. Tremendous potential has been lost today, and I fear the honoring of their lives will soon be lost amongst all the other issues surrounding the situation. The conversations and fights unfolding in the coming days and weeks are inevitable, so let’s all take a minute now, with no news and no noise, to pray or think or meditate on the loss, which is not just a loss for the families or students or the state of Virginia, but a loss for humankind, a collective loss of beauty and potential that deserves, before anything else, whatever love, compassion and peace we can pass on. We may not be able to fight the tide of hate and blame about to erupt around us, but we can find time throughout it to focus on the peace and love that resides within us, within our humanity, and send them on to those who need it most.