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I can’t be numb as I look out of my window onto the world

 

It is a sad fact of my life that often when I travel some tragedy occurs. Actually, it is not a sad part of my life. Its a sad part of the collective pain we all experience. With social media and 24 hour news cycles we are never that far away from a tragedy. I just traveled to Florida for a business trip where I am to give a presentation on building capacity of the healthcare workforce.  At the moment, I can’t even fathom how what I have to say can even fit into the heartbreak puzzle of what our lives have become. As I awoke this morning to get on my flight, I saw the news about Las Vegas.

 

 

I couldn’t believe that the happy place where I had just celebrated my son’s ninth birthday was the latest site of blood, tears, and death. Fifty nine people dead.  Hundreds injured. A madman had broken his hotel window and sought out prey. He broke the window and saw targets. He broke the window and bloodlust took over.

 

As I was on my flight, I quietly tried to work while I kept looking through many of my past photos from Las Vegas and other places where I had sought to have fun and relaxation.   Windows in my life have always been the television of my life. I grew up not feeling super safe outside on the streets and thus we often just looked out our windows.   They provided a way for me to see the world. And on my travels, my hotel windows are always the first thing I go look at when I get into my room. They provide a glimpse of how things work. A glimpse of the culture and norms.

As I landed in Florida, I went straight to Twitter. I have already admitted I do look at social media for the news. And I was disheartened to learn that Tom Petty was on life support. Actually, when I first looked at Twitter, some were saying he had died and others were saying he was clinging to life.  I love Tom Petty (more to come on this).   I felt just life the day had come full circle in a ghastly, maudlin manner.

 

I checked into my hotel and went up to my room. I looked out the window and saw a serene state of affairs.  There was a nice pool with lounge chairs waiting for people to come and frolick. There were some calm, lovely palm trees waiting to provide shade to someone. I turned on the television and I heard several individuals, that were being interviewed by the newscasters, note that they were numb. They noted that they didn’t know how to react anymore to the shootings.

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Numb. That just saddens me. To be numb is to be deprived of responsiveness.  We can’t be numb. I sat and shed a few tears and resolved to get up tomorrow with resolve to help make this a better world for my son.

 

 

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  1. Wife and I were in Ireland for hurricane, Petty death and madman’s rampage. Avoided watching the news as much as possible to keep our vacation still a vacation.

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