Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can heal.



"Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer."
-Maya Angelou

Truth be told, I am sick. 
I will tell you what I don't know. 
I don't know how to talk eloquently about Las Vegas. 
I don't want to talk about Las Vegas.  But I think it was too big not to. 
(If it's too much for you, I get it.  Scroll down and continue reading the next section.)

I literally feel this lump in my throat. 
I am heartbroken.
No, I don't know anyone who was hurt or directly impacted. 
Yet, I still have this feeling of horror and sadness deep inside. 
This feeling I have is similar to that from 9/11. 
I was close to the Twin Towers then and I remember at the time wondering how I would survive the pain. 
Even though my pain was no where near the loss others felt, I was shook to my core by 9/11. 
And I am again shaken with the events in Las Vegas.

How do you mourn and handle the unfairness.
The unthinkable.

I don't know a lot of things. 
And I don't know how to feel this.  
I don't know how to process this horror. Again.

This is what I am keeping in mind...  if I look back to 9/11 what eased the pain were these things...

1.  Time.  They say 'time heals all wounds'.  The pain doesn't go away it just settles into a new reality. 
2.  Community.  Talking with others.  Listening to other experiences.  
3.  Talking about it with my family
4.  Music.  Music always helps me. I specifically remember Enrique Ingelias singing Hero over and over and over again.
5.  Kindness from others.  Omgosh, the random acts of kindness were appreciated 10 fold.
5.  Continuing.  We had to continue and we did. 
6.  Gratitude.  Being thankful for what is. What is right here, right now, right-this-very-moment happening.

Last but not least, Beauty

I will forever keep with me on Monday my daughters' school, about 400 kids, sang God Bless America at their morning assembly. 
It was perfect.  It was beautiful. 
It was sweet that the main line the kids know and understand is "I am proud to be an American where at least I know I'm free..."

I felt like that was a random act of kindness we all needed then.  
I feel like Miley Cyrus singing The Climb on Monday night was her act of kindness.   I needed it. 

I wish I could reach out and hug.  Hug so many! Sing and send songs to you.  (Because I am a nerd like that and thought Miley did great here too.)

I just want you to know that what you do matters.
You are fully capable.  
There is good in this world.  
There is good all around us.
And you are part of that. 
You, my dear, are doing a great job! 

It is with gratitude, immense gratitude, that we are on this journey together. 



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Quick side note from Ashleigh.  Here are my most favorite tools ever.

  • For audio motivation - Relentless by Tim Grover. I listen to him as I was in the mornings.  My walk always becomes a power walk after listening. 
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I just wanted to say again.  You matter.  Your work matters.  Your lives matter.  As do your actions. 

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