“The issue of responsibility, individual and shared, it as the very core of how a society defines itself. Will the inescapably traumatic events that befall its members become a shared moral burden, or will victims be held responsible and left to fend for themselves?”
-Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, expert on the impact of trauma
I did have a very enlightening and inspirational blog planned for this week…but the Newtown shooting is weighing heavily on so many hearts. So here are some thoughts and suggestions on moving through this tragedy.
There’s nothing more disturbing to us than senseless, unpredictable violence …until that violence is perpetuated against those that we consider to be the most previous, most vulnerable and most innocent among our entire community - children.
Since the tragedy in Newton, countless parents, educators and other citizens have approached me filled with sadness, terror and anxiety. For those of us who value nothing more than the wellbeing of the children in our lives, this tragedy once again strikes us at our very core.
From where I sit at my desk in Denver we’re still trying to adapt to our sadness and feelings of vulnerability after the murder of Jessica Ridgeway, to this fall’s series of attempted abductions, and to this summer’s shooting in Aurora. And we’re still the community that will be forever changed by the shooting at Columbine. Now the daycare shooting in Newtown embodies every parent’s worst nightmare.
We’ve been through a lot, my dear neighbors. It’s time to engage in serious amounts of TLC for ourselves and for one another. Stay tuned for suggestions.