There are still too many questions to answer before understanding the motive behind the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. A lone gunman opened fire with automatic weapons from the 32nd floor of his Mandalay Bay Hotel, raining bullets on jubilant, defenseless concertgoers. This was a well thought out intentional massacre of innocent people.
So where do we find the love in this?
An attribute of unconditional, or unlimited love is that it protects. You might think, “What about all those people who were killed and wounded? They were not protected. Where was love for them?” This is a valid and difficult question, and one for which I don’t have a short or clear answer. However, what I would like to do is recognize love’s protection that kept this horrific event from being even worse.
Thankfully, the police located the remote and unknown location of the shooter before he was able to carry out the extent of his plans. Considering the arsenal of weapons amassed in his hotel room, the death toll could have been significantly higher. Not only were officers dispatched to the hotel, but off-duty officers attending the concert risked their lives to identify the location of the shooter. While others ran away, these courageous men and women ran toward the gunfire, and some lost their lives or were seriously injured because of it. They swore an oath to serve and protect. Their love for others was their driving force. They were quick and professional because they devoted their lives to this oath and this love.
Not only were career law enforcement personnel willing to risk their lives, but stories are emerging of individuals whose love for friends or family, or sometimes even strangers, led to incredible acts of heroism. Some used their bodies as human shields to prevent strangers from being hit by bullets. Others ran unprotected into the gunfire to lead people to safety, or transport the wounded and dying to the hospital.
One way this unconditional love has been defined is, “The desire to put the well-being of another ahead of one’s own.” This is how they acted. They acted from a place of love. Because of this, though many lives were tragically lost, thankfully many more were saved.
Lastly, the gunman. We do not know yet, and may never really understand, what drove someone to such an insane act of evil. The only explanation I can fathom is he must have been feeling a great deal of pain within himself to be willing to inflict this type of pain on others. I pray for those who end up suffering the consequences of another’s internal anguish, but I also pray for the person going through it. I pray that unconditional love guides them through whatever mental pain they are experiencing, so they can find peace within themselves and not desire to hurt others.
If you know someone who is going through something difficult, show them unconditional love. If you know someone who is contemplating hurting themselves or others, do what is most loving and get them help. You may never know how many lives you could be saving.
My prayer is that someday, no matter how deep and dark things seem to be, love will be the hero that saves us all.
Love is freedom. Life in North Korea is very oppressive and there are many who desire to escape. The trek is politically, emotionally and physically difficult and can result in imprisonment or execution. Fortunately there are those who use their love to give hope and a new future for those seeking to escape.
By Jinny Ditzler
I’ve always found that an easy way to make a positive change is to take stock of how I’m doing. I invite you to do the same as a way of becoming an even kinder person.
So as you read through these seven steps, think about how you’re doing. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest, how would you rate yourself on each step? More later about what to do next.
1. Be kind to me. If you’re not taking care of yourself — exercising, taking time on your own, sitting quietly, reading — your well is empty. Then it’s too easy to become resentful and impatient, let alone kind to others. Just 20 minutes a day makes a difference.
Ashley Hoffman I Oct 20, 2016
Tom Hanks returns to Saturday Night Live to host the show for the ninth time this week. In honor of this fine occasion, it’s time to remember his well-documented random acts of kindness to total strangers.
Whether it’s helping wherever help is needed, or making someone’s day, month or whole existence, the good news continues to drop out of the sky. That’s just how the Inferno actor’s particular brand of benevolence manifests itself.
It’s almost impossible to avoid Karlie Kloss these days. There she is on top of a cab, crouched catlike in her indigo stretchy jeans; extolling the virtues of L’Oréal mascara; running in a sports bra, wearing a watch, on a Times Square Jumbotron; throwing a football to her father on Instagram; and posing in front of a building on her first day of school in NYC. Portraits of an effortlessly beautiful 23-year-old, graced with an enviable combination of good genes and ambition. Ted Koehler could have written the song he wrote in 1932 for her: “She’s got the world on a string, sitting on a rainbow.”