For many of us this week was a doozy.
Another mass shooting.
More unrelenting fires in California.
I notice we react to all of it differently.
Some of us cry. Journal. Drink a bottle of wine. Talk about it. Ignore it. Binge watch the news. Donate money. Send thoughts and prayers. Donate blood. Post on social media.
Then I notice some of us judge others for HOW they are reacting or responding.
As if there is a right way to respond.
And so some of us judge others. And then we compound the problem. More hate. More divisiveness. More thoughts of there is a right way and a wrong way.
I know I have been guilty of this myself.
So here I am practicing.
Just holding space.
Letting all the people react and respond in all the ways. Because they are going to any way. And I let myself respond in the ways that are authentic to me.
And so, if we allow and hold space -- this simple act in it of itself is us being a part of the solution not the problem.
Here are even more ways to help:
To help the victims and their families involved in the Thousand Oaks Mass Shooting:
To help the victims and the relief effort for the Woolsey Fire:
Text “REDCROSS” to “909-99” to donate $10 to the Red Cross
To donate essentials like diapers, wipes, blankets to @baby2baby go to their registry, they are on the ground giving direct relief to high-need families.