I kissed him good morning Friday like always, and then sat down in front of my computer to catch up on blog, Facebook, and fan page work.
The first thing I viewed when I logged onto my computer, "Shooting in Colorado at opening night of The Dark Knight".
Oh my gosh, the thoughts went crazy in my mind. First, my fiancee is a dedicated movie goer. He loves to hit the opening nights, especially if the movie has to do with comic books. But he was saving this movie to watch with his mom in Arizona.
As I was reading the article that appeared in front of my face, the same emotions came over me that I experienced during the terrorist attack in 2001. That emotion, FEAR!
How can just a few people, or just one person produce so much fear in the American public?
I not only have to face the fear of my fiancee flying, but now I also have to face the fear of him entering a movie theater. I don't know if you travel by air much, but when I travel by air I am very uncomfortable. That uncomfortable feeling is due to the incredulous acts of just a few idiots. The uncomfortable feeling in a movie theater is now due to one single idiot. And what about the uncomfortable feeling of entering a shopping mall (Eaton Centre mall in Toronto)?
The amazing thing is, we Americans do not cower. We do not allow fear to control our lives. We get up, pick up the pieces and continue on. We fly, we attend movies, and we go shopping. While we keep our fear at bay.
Our hearts are broken, and we constantly carry tragedy and memories with us. But keep in mind, how we respond to fear or threatening events is what determines our destiny. We cannot allow the actions, or any idiotic pursuant to control our lives. Absolutely not!
In moments of darkness like these we Americans shine our Light. We shine it even more brightly for those that were injured and for those that lost their lives.
We need to push the doubt and fear aside and rise to show the world (America) that LOVE is more powerful than fear and doubt put together.
And yes, I'm going to say those four little words...."In God We Trust."
If you haven't had the opportunity to read about Jessica Redfield (lost her life in theater shooting), now is your chance. USA Today has an amazing article about her. You can find it here. And from Business Insider (here). Take a few minutes and read these articles. What an inspiration she is. Forever loved by many. This is why we shine our Light America.