I've Been Thinking...
As I was watching the news the other night, I listened as the anchors discussed the court appearance of the Highland Park mass murderer. They said he was “completely unfazed“ when he appeared to hear the charges. I paused, took a breath, and thought to myself, “Wow, how can anyone be 'unfazed' these days, much less someone who decided to murder innocent people at a July 4th parade?”
Imagine being "unfazed" by that. Imagine being "unfazed" by everything that’s going on in our world. Imagine none of it impacting you, touching you, or enraging you.
As for me, I find myself dealing with so many emotions these days that I have to work hard to stay centered and hopeful. Everything fazes me: Highland Park, IL, Uvalde, TX, Buffalo, NY, January 6th and its hearings, the shooting death of Jayland Walker, the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and don't even get me started on the Supreme Court.
And when I listened the other night to recordings of people leaving threatening messages on Rep. Adam Kinzinger’s phone—threatening his wife, his child, and himself—I thought to myself, “You’ve got to be kidding me.” But it’s no joke. It’s dangerous these days to serve our country, to stand up, to speak your mind.
That said, it’s equally dangerous these days to be "unfazed" and unmoved by what’s going on. So many people walk through life numb, removed from their emotions, and there was a time in my life when I did that too. Emotional pain terrified me, and it seemed easier to have a wall up and just not feel anything at all. But when you do that, you miss out on all the good that life has to offer. You miss out on feeling the love, the joy, the awe of life. And life has so much awe to offer us. It truly does.
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