Recent Events – Where Do we go from here?

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By this point, the world knows about the recent hit that the city beautiful has taken. It has been a challenging few days to hold back the emotion and the tears, as we  hurt together. Why? That is the question in the minds of many at this time because things like this seem to always happen to innocent, good people. As I began to really think about this whole thing, and read about it on news headlines and media web sites, I wondered what is at the heart of an incident like this. The conclusion I was able to draw is simply that life is fragile and that there is truly no way to knowing when events like this would occur and moreover, to prepare for them. With the life we have, every day must be lived on purpose, and we simply must be there for others, love on purpose, live on purpose and be intentional. Don’t wait to demonstrate compassion. As an educator, I know that events such as these would weigh heavily on the minds of students and naturally they will ask questions about these horrific events, perhaps out of curiousity or even fear. It is our duty to embrace, advocate for and protect those we have been charged with. I cannot help but be moved to teach harder, to try even harder to make a difference in the lives I am honored to influence. I think this is a reminder to all who deal with kids that we must be vigilant as well as good listeners. Let them express themselves, interact with them and show them what it means to know love and compassion, as well as acceptance and diversity. It is our duty as educators to not only focus on curriculum but bridge gaps. In fact, we must focus on the character of the students we teach, not just the curriculum. Orlando is still the city beautiful.

#orlandolove #orlandostrong


  1. Dene, it is impossible to understand how one beings to process these events. There is a wide range of emotions that accompany tragedies such as what happened to the city beautiful. As a visitor, I can say with certainty that Orlando lives up to the name.

    Events such as these bring out the good and the bad sides of people. All of the good displayed will quickly remind everyone of the beauty.

    It is my sincerest hope that you and your neighboring citizens are able to pick each other up and eventually find:

    strength amongst the senselessness.
    compassion amongst the chaos
    peace amongst the pain



    1. Paul yes, I love the verbiage there, and while recent events were not easy by any means, I’ll rely on one of your recent themes, understanding, reflecting and gaining perspective. Perhaps the idea is to remind ourselves of the urgency of pursuit. That we she continue to passionately pursue our purpose.


      1. Being mindful of our purpose and choosing to pursue it without wasted steps, will help keep our perspectives appropriately aligned.

        The urgency of the pursuit is vital as well since much time has already ticked off from the game clock. Perhaps our recent connections have served as a halftime speech of sorts.

        Let’s go win this thing!


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