It's been a tough week.
Even those who don't live in the United States have felt devastated by the past day's events.
My heart goes out to all those directly affected. However, there are so many indirectly affected. I can't imagine the fear of so many young people going to school. I can't imagine the fear in so many parents' hearts as they send their kids to school. I didn't grow up like that. School, for me, was a haven.
It's hard not to feel helpless in the face of this type of suffering. What can we possibly do?
On the day of this tragedy, I asked my community to think about one action they could take today to make the world a more loving and safe place.
Some of the responses were so moving.
One person said, "I am going to reach out to a friend's teenage daughter who is having lots of emotional ups and downs. As a community, we need to care for all of our young people and make sure they know they are loved unconditionally and they have a soft place to fall."
"I'm going to tell my family and friends how much I love them and just what they mean to me!"
Another wrote, "I donated to a non-profit run by young adults wanting an end to this senselessness."
And "I made breakfast today for my partner who is an elementary school teacher. And I sat with her holding space for her to talk about everything she was feeling and fearing about the tragedies at Robb Elementary School yesterday."
You see, we may not be able to stop the senseless tragedies that strip our world of beautiful, innocent shining lives. But we can do something. We can put something back into the world in their honour.
And that's what I encourage you to do. Is there one thing you can do today to make the world a more loving and safe place? It doesn't matter how small.
And let's share those thoughts and ideas to inspire each other.
Imagine if we all did one small thing. There are thousands of you. What a difference that would make.