Are you Okay?
Posted on November 2, 2018
I’m in the middle of an 11 week, 21 training, 15 city stretch. While I’m not sure what city I wake up in most days, a mix of exhaustion, motivation, and excitement keeps me going and looking forward to the next stop. During these times I try to focus only on the most important things and rest whenever I find the time.
It was in this haze that last week happened. As I’m training in New Orleans, our country experienced the most extensive assassination attempt in its history as a man in Florida tried to bomb many of our top political leaders. Also, a man in Kentucky failed to get entry into a black church which hosted a large crowd that day and later killed two at a grocery store. Then I get home to news of an anti-Semitic killing at a synagogue in Pennsylvania which took the lives of 11 worshipers.
I’m overwhelmed, disgusted, depressed, and worried about the trauma happening in our country right now. THIS CRAZINESS IS NOT NORMAL. It is not normal to fear that one of your leaders, their families, or our postal workers will blow up. It is not normal to fear for your life because you go grocery shopping. It is not normal to worry that a man wielding an assault rifle will kill your fellow worshipers.
How long can a civilized culture exist when people can’t open their mail, grocery shop, or worship in church without fearing for their lives? I’m a positive and optimistic guy, but I’m so terrified that last week is some crazy escalation of our political environment. Maybe the next couple of elections will provide an “opposite and equal” reaction of civility and maturity. I want to believe this with all my heart and fight off this lurking sense that we let a dark side of our collective nature take hold and it might not go back into its box so quickly.
Take care of yourselves, my friends. At the very least I can ensure you that there are so many amazing people around the country doing incredible work for those in need. Let’s all continue to hold a light up to darkness.