When I studied to become certified in nonviolent
communication, I was stunned to discover how many of my thoughts were
judgmental and even “violent” towards me and others. For Instance, it just never occurred to me
that skipping a meal to squeeze in another item on my "To Do List"
might be considered an "act of violence” against me and my body,
especially if my blood sugar dropped and I was unable to function at full
I had previously framed and reserved the term
"violence" as an act of terror, sexual assault, torture, or
In the wake of further grief, anger, and violence, I invite you to consider how we can make a meaningful difference today, tomorrow, and the next day, as we move forward together here and throughout the world. I am referring to the latest act of senseless violence that occurred in Orlando. I cannot imagine what it is like for those directly involved, especially for those who lost a loved one through such an act of violence.
We cannot physically be everywhere at all times to lend a hand, comfort one another, or provide education to lift the consciousness of those who suffer from the disease of hatred, ignorance, malcontent, or popularly accepted ideologies that divide instead of unite.