News Flashes

It’s not the bullet with my name on it that worries me.  It’s the one that says “To whom it may concern.”  ~Anonymous Belfast resident, quoted in London Guardian, 1991

It is hard to not be drawn to tragedies such as the Colorado shootings.    I guess we all try to understand and  make sense of it so we keep watching and reading.   Unfortunately,  the watching doesn’t usually help with the understanding.   When I was a kid, I remember a couple of news stories which stuck in my head… as bad news seemed rare.   Sure, horrible things did happen in the world but it somehow didn’t seem to happen with the frequency or devastation as it does today.    The Brady campaign keeps a tally of  recent random gun violence.   I count 11 dead and 36 injured in the last couple months (before the Colorado  shooting).   According to the Bureau of Justice , in the last decade (since 2000) the homicide rate declined to levels last seen in the mid-1960s.  Why doesn’t it feel that way?   Homocide is still the second leading cause of death in the US among youth ages 10-24 according the CDC.   That is sad!

How do we cope with this insanity?   We know that these violent acts, even when not experienced personally, can increase our anxiety level and depending upon personality, age and experience can create anything from a few butterflies in the stomach to incapacitating stress disorders. Psychology Today published post 911 tells of increased use of anxiety medication, sleeping difficulty and an overall feeling of increased vulnerability.   I remember of hearing someone say after hearing about 911 that he had no right to mourn, but rather felt he should celebrate the life that he had been given.   He came home after hearing about the carnage, felt that it was his obligation to enjoy his day and went for a bike ride.

 Right now I am  just sad for those involved in the Aurora shootings.  When I see how fragile life is I feel compelled to appreciate what I have and to keep moving forward.   Right now I am going to  enjoy today.  I hope you do as well.

 

Do you feel that  the recent tragedyhas affected your daily life?  If so, how?   Please share so that we can all learn from each other.

 

 

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