One of my notepads lists some ways we should live more and live less. Inspired by this message on Friday, March 28th, 2014 I wrote a post about "Words to Live By." I decided to make weekly updates to this post, until I start repeating myself! I promise each weekly update will contain more information than just the five new phrases though!
Readers are invited to use the comment section below, if they have new ideas of "words to live by" which would complete the phrase _____________ more. ______________ less."
(Any time I use an idea that is not mine, I will credit the contributor and their blog, if they have one. Just keep it family friendly, please!)
Here Are the Ideas for This Week:
As I begin to write today, the theme foremost on my mind is, “We Need to Stop These Tragedies from Happening” - and I feel so sad. I'm devastated that the phrases I will be sharing today were prompted by two recent school shootings, which occurred within less than two weeks of each other.Forgive me for the somber tone of my words today, and for my inability to even consider including a photo here.
We must all address this issue though, and try to figure out a way to end this type of violence.
1. Hug More. Hurt Less.
- Raquel from Organized Island commented last week that this is her new mantra. She said, “I was greatly affected by the recent shootings at UCSB last weekend, as my son goes to school there.” I can only imagine her fear for her son and the UCSB community that day. Adam Nagourney provided details about this tragic event in an informative article published by the New York Times.
2. Love more. Judge less.
- Jennifer from JENerally Informed left this comment on my blog last week. I am not sure if her response was prompted by any events recently in the news, but this philosophy would be a huge step towards the prevention of violence.
3. Communicate more. Misunderstand less.
4. Use our words more. Guns and violence less.
- My daughter goes to college in Washington. Yesterday's school shooting at Seattle Pacific University was just too close for comfort. My sense of relief that this did not occur at her school was subdued; however, because I was feeling so terrible for the students, families and community of SPU. We are all victims of these crimes - and we need to figure out a way to stop their occurrence before more people die.
- These are the sort of headlines we don't want to read, but in this case a brave act probably saved lives: 1 dead, others hurt in shooting at Seattle Pacific University before student tackles gunman | Local News | The Seattle Times.
5. Mental Health resources more. Fall through the cracks less.
- While violence and mental illness certainly do not always go hand-in-hand, many serial killings may be linked to a mental instability on the part of the killer. Our country needs to take a good look at our mental health needs, resources, and attitudes. Since this is my blog, I will take the liberty of sharing my thoughts:
- More mental health services need to be available - affordable, and with easier and quicker access to treatment.
- Less stigma needs to be associated with seeking help, diagnosis, and treatment of all mental health issues. (This goes for all health issues for that matter - there should be no stigma attached to a diagnosis of cancer, depression, diabetes, schizophrenia, ... or any illness!)
- Gun laws need to ensure that weapons do not make their way into the wrong hands.
- We need figure out how to catch people before they fall through the cracks of our system and ensure that everyone with any form of mental illness gets the high quality of treatment they need and deserve.
I'd like to offer my sincere support and sorrow for everyone touched by these events, and many thanks to everyone who expressed their concern yesterday.