Today we go back to work, to school, to life. It feels like we are peering out the door. How can I have a normal Monday when the world exploded for a group of people last Friday? How can I go running at my local park and get my coffee when a community is planning funerals for 5 year olds? How can I (we) go on?
Well we must. Just like we did during the other events that have come rushing back to our minds…Columbine, 9-11, and so many others.
I know that we each experience grief differently. Some rush in and others rush out, or get quiet, not knowing what to say or do. As a former counselor, and a woman who has walked through my own life losses, the best thing for us to do is be present.
Being present is about listening.
Being present is about hugs.
Being present is about sharing your feelings by phone, text, email or in person with the ones that you love.
Being present is about sitting there while the person weeps, or driving them to the hospital, or making sure they eat.
Being present is about the middle of the night, when your mind won’t rest and you know that you can text or call or message that person that gave you permission to do that.
Being present is about being the light and faith and hope of God here on earth.
On this Monday, as you are going about your routine and getting frustrated with your to-do list….please pause for a moment and remember to BE PRESENT.