LEARN: Thrive By the Spirit™ – Creating a World of Patience & Tolerance

LEARN! … By the Spirit™ with Jerricia J. Ulmer, M. Ed.

Creating a World of Patience & Tolerance

July 23, 2012

© 2012 Jerricia J. Ulmer

Photo: Associated Press

The July 20th killing of 12 people and injury of 58 others in an Aurora, Colorado picture show touched the nation.  I try to avoid watching the news because of the seemingly rampant occurrences of such morbid atrocities, but by 7 A.M., before my first cup of coffee, I was well informed.  Less than 6 hours after the killings, a whole time zone away, people were mourning.

Our hearts and prayers certainly go out to the victims and their families.  But today, during his first court appearance, I couldn’t help but notice the face of Aurora shooter James Holmes.  As I exercised profusely on the gym elliptical machine, my ears were tuned to Shine’s energizing, self-affirming “I Will Tell Myself”, but my eyes were tuned to the CNN broadcast and James Holmes’ face, his wildly dyed hair, his eyes that seemed to vacillate between mania and misery.  I was moved to put him in the victim column too.

This may draw some criticisms, but his pain is undeniable.  Anyone who meditates for months on how to hurt and kill a mass of people is aching.   And hurt people hurt people.

I, in no way, mean to minimize the tragedy that has taken place; rather use it to call attention to the pain of others.  For the first time in American history, more people live in cities than in rural areas.  We have 24 hour access to people.  It’s a crowded world: let’s work on giving each other some space.  We are all different and require different things to function at our best: let’s try to be more tolerant and considerate of others.  I had just experienced a little road rage on my way to the gym: let’s all slow down.  We are all on this rock together.  It’s not always easy, but let us each try to keep it together and find more healthful outlets for our energies: follow some tips from Dr. Kathleen Walls, get outdoors, get more sleep, try an art or dance class, go to the gym, join a neighborhood sports team – SOMETHING.

So take some time for yourself; take some time for others.  Give them a hug.  Give them some space.  Give them an ear.  But most of all, give them some peace and understanding.

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