Stubborn Love: In Light of Tragedy

When in my darkest moments, the chorus to “Stubborn Love” by The Lumineers reminds me to keep my head up.

So keep your head up, keep your love
Keep your head up, my love
Keep your head up, my love
Keep your head up, keep your love

In light of the tragedy in Orlando, I encourage each of us to do the same: keep our heads up. One cray-radical man’s actions do not represent the all of humanity. 24-hour news networks may want us to believe that, yet they know that this keeps us in fear & it keeps us tuned in despite the next commercial break.

Tragedies such as this provide each of us with an opportunity to examine our lives and see where we can open up to love more & more. Since the shootings, I have hugged and kissed my children more. My patience has sprouted new branches. As I imagine each mother and father who lost a child feels they could go back and be more patient, loving & present. For them it’s too late now. 

Tragedies such as this provide each of us with the opportunity to examine where we have turned away from love, so that we can choose differently.

So regardless of where you are today, I encourage you to keep your heads up, my loves. I hope that you choose to see the love that is around you & allow others to see the love that is within you. Don’t let radical zealots who gun down innocent people to win! Today & every day, let’s choose love over fear and hatred.

A tear-jerker and yet very enlightening book is Nurturing, Healing, Love: A Mother’s Journey of Hope & Foregiveness by Scarlett Lewis. Her son, Jesse Lewis, was killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. She continues to be an inspiration for me.

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  1. Well said Tiffany!, We had our great grandson with us for awhile this afternoon, Wouldn’t you know he had a play stethescope and was trying to find our hearts, couldn’ t help thinking thats what we all should be doing😥

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