It's been a rough few days hasn't it? I had started preparing for this quick email after my weekend camping trip, but then all hell broke loose and I decided to change up the content just a little bit. I hope you will take a second to allow me to express my thoughts to you.
It's Okay To Not Be Okay
I, like many others, was hit hard by the Las Vegas shooting. The largest mass shooting rampage in U.S. history was perpetrated in a city I called home for a number of years. Had I not moved away, it would have been very likely that Melle (my wife) and I would have attended this event (we both enjoy country music). The scenes I've watched on social media shows panic, histeria, and fear, followed by hurt, sadness, and a torrent of other emotions that I've never had to experience. Nonetheless, I do have some emotions welling up from the events from the past few days, as I'm sure many of you do...and that's okay.
It's totally okay not to be okay right now. Some of you might even still be in shock and don't really know what you feel. Instead you may even feel a little numb about everything that's happened. I think it's important that you give yourself permission to acknowledge these feelings and emotions you're experiencing.
Find An Outlet
It's not a good idea to hold these things in though. Instead, I would encourage you to find someone to talk to, someone who will listen, someone who cares. There may even be some other way you use to cope with stressful situations. I, personally, like to bring it to God, play golf and/or sit alone and play my guitar. Sometimes I just like to write/type out what I'm feeling. Whatever it is that you do to get your head right, be sure you take the time to do that. It's important, friend. Don't go another day without doing something to deal with anything you might be going through emotionally and psychologically. I've found that if I don't acknowledge and deal with problems, they tend to fester. Eventually they start wearing me down. Stress is a killer. Deal with it somehow. Deal with it today.
Be The Change
Last but not least, don't let this situation change you for the worst. The world is cruel, it's violent, it's unfair, it doesn't play nice. There will be crazy people out there that will take an automatic weapon and shoot into crowds of people. The Bible even tells us that the world would be like this. Jesus said in John 16:33 "...in this world there will be trouble." So what's the solution? I've heard it explained by one of my mentors, Jim Rohn, that you can't change what's going on out there in the world, but you can change you. So how can we all unite and change this cruel place? As Mahatma Ghandi said, we can begin by being the change that we want to see in the world.
I'm so thankful that we can be a part of each others lives. I know that, on some level, you're here for me just like I'm here for you. My wish for you is that you will be make it through whatever you may be feeling at this moment, that you will look for positive ways to cope with things that might be bothering you on a deeper level, and that you will draw a line in the sand TODAY and that you will join me in deciding to be the change that needs to happen in this world.
I want to wrap this up by including a video that's narrated by one of my favorite speakers, Les Brown and one more. I hope you enjoy it. BTW, it gives me goosebumps everytime I watch it.
Thanks for being awesome!