Orlando Strong: Where Do We Go From Here?
Many questions always arise after an attack. Why did the shooter do it? Should we have known this could happen? What can we do to stop it from happening again in the future?
It’s difficult for us to struggle with the unknown and to feel helpless in terms of a solution when so much hate still reigns. Over the last several days the amount of love and support for the LGBTQ community has been overwhelming, and seems to be the one thing keeping the hope alive that the hate and discrimination will soon stop. As the initial shock of the situation begins to wear off, we begin to look towards the future. Many people are still living in fear, knowing that danger could be lurking around each corner striking at any moment. As far as we like to think we have come in terms of acceptance and inclusion- we clearly have a long way to go.
In moments like these it’s difficult not to get caught up in the story around the shooter or reasons why he did what he did. Sometimes those answers will never come, and we may never be able to make sense of the pain, suffering, and death that he caused so many people. It is important to instead remember and honor the victims and that we mourn the loss of so many tremendous lives, rather than glorify the darkness. Let’s shine a light in a dark place, even if it is to let those in the dark know that they are not alone.
Thankfully many of the media outlets are choosing to shine light on the lives lost. Below is a link from the Associated Press (AP) via MSN.com honoring the victims:
Picture by David Goldman/AP Photo
Sometimes we need a reminder of all that was lost in order to inspire us to work hard to make sacred what is left. At HeadFirst, we believe that all lives are sacred and worthy of living to their full potential, and fortunately we are not alone in this. There are many resources in Dallas for the LGBT community to receive support and acceptance. But this isn’t an LGBT issue- this is an issue for all people.
In order to tackle the hate and discrimination that exists so rampantly in our world, we must work together. It takes an honest introspective look inside oneself, and letting go of any deeply rooted beliefs against any type of people. Acceptance belongs to all- not just those that are like us or that we admire.
We have a long road ahead of us, but hopefully we can do the work together to create an environment in which love wins. In the words of Jimmy Hendrix- “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” It’s time to make Mr. Hendrix happy and spread the power of love. It starts with one belief, one act, one person at a time.
Be a part of the love- it’s always stronger than hate.
Laura McLaughlin is the Founder and Owner of HeadFirst Counseling. Laura works with children, teens, and adults to help them learn to love and accept themselves by letting go of the external conditions that hold them back. Read more about Laura and HeadFirst Counseling at www.headfirstdallas.com
Laura can be contacted by calling the HeadFirst Office at (469) 665-9416.