When unspeakable, heartbreaking, and bewildering things like Las Vegas happen, it leaves people like me feeling inadequate to know what to say. Silence isn't acceptable nor do I want to respond with a pat or simplistic comment.
So, first of all, my heart and prayers go out to anyone who is touched by recent events in the world - Las Vegas, Canada, Puerto Rico, Syria (to name only a few) - and any of you who feel the pain of these events even if they don't directly affect your world.
As I've processed the shooting in Las Vegas, I keep coming back to one thing.
The power of an individual.
In this case, it is the power of an individual to wreak terrible destruction, and certainly there are despicable models throughout history to prove that point.
Which brings me to you.
You matter. What you do every day matters. The way you behave towards others matters as does the way you treat yourself. If one individual can send out the ripple effect of so much pain, one individual can also send out the ripple effect of so much joy, gratitude, goodness, and peace. You have the power to be all those things every day.
When you close this email, immediately do one thing to point humanity toward the light. Call an old friend. Send an email to express gratitude. Bring coffee to a colleague. Step into the next cube and express your appreciation. Donate to the Red Cross.
This quote from the Dalai Lama hung on the bulletin board of my children's school all last year:
“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”
Be the rebel love today and always.