Coming home from services today, I was horrified to hear the news of one of our nation’s leaders, Gabrielle Giffords, one of our judges, Chief Judge John Roll, as well as another half dozen innocent bystanders’ being gunned down in a Safeway Department Store parking lot by a young white male approximately 22- to 23-years of age, Jared Lee Loughner. As a child, monsters were anything I could dream up. As an adult, monsters are now adults, and this is troubling.
We live every minute of every day knowing, in the back of our minds, that there are no certainties for our tomorrow, but we presume we will have a tomorrow. These people who lost their lives probably had put off sending thank you notes — as so many of us tend to do, as well as get little household chores done such as organizing photos and the like, presuming they’d get it done another day or time.
Now, with the changes in the psyche of the world’s population, tomorrow is more of an unknown than it’s been in a very long time. I personally take the subway to work every day, and I constantly remind myself to hug my husband and children as well as my dog as often as possible, because I don’t know what my day will bring — and this horrifying incident reminds me to keep on doing just that — hugging the ones I love, and letting them know how much I appreciate them.
We must all remember that life is short — shorter for some than others, like the 9-year-old among the dead — so if we are not already appreciative, we need to remind ourselves to appreciate every little thing, from waking up, having an opportunity to breathe in and out, walk about, eat, sleep, chat, go to the movies or even to work, for every moment of every day is a gift. If we do this, appreciate the seemingly mundane daily aspects of our lives, we’ll remember that we in fact are very fragile creatures. We will also find much more happiness and satisfaction as every minute, day and year passes, and we will be completely incapable of perpetrating a crime like this and becoming another monster in our midst, like Jared Lee Loughner.