My immediate reaction to the Tucson shootings was to post the instant I heard, except that the only thing I wanted to do was to howl with fury and point fingers. I was spitting fire, and I could think of no way to write even a single sentence without stepping far, far off the goodness path. So, I posted nothing. And waited for wisdom.
I’m still waiting. I’m searching for some spark of goodness in what happened, or at least for goodness in the aftermath. I’m beginning to see glimmers of something, but it isn’t clear yet, at least not in my mind. So, I ask for your indulgence. I need time to think and consider. Immediate reactions to such a horror are too full of pain (and fear). Every time I act out of such feelings, I fall down the rabbit hole and turned into someone I do not like. That me becomes enamored of retribution, nastiness seems right and true, anger and striking out become the only ways to live.
I have come across some good posts, more so in the last few hours than immediately after the shootings. So far the best is from Gary Mackender, who lives in Tucson and is part of an effort to react to the shooting by spreading intentional acts of kindness.
Finally, my thoughts and prayers go out to those who were in the Safeway parking lot on Saturday. May the wounded find quick and complete healing. May the dead be at peace. May all of their families get the support, love and comfort they need. We are all citizens of Arizona today.
A heartfelt thank you to my friend Marcia Epstein, who runs Headquarters Counseling Center in Lawrence, Kan. I bumped into her in the supermarket right after the shooting on Saturday. She got me talking about Christmas and back onto the goodness path.
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