LIFE is the air we breath, the water we drink, the dreams we slip into each night. Life is about common things and extraordinary things. Common things like filling the car with gas, taking a class, doing the dishes, and cooking, even when it seems more of a chore than a labor of love. Extraordinary things like the delicate petals of a rose, being in the right spot at the right time so as to avoid an accident, and holding on to good qualities when the rest of the world seems quite mad.
Thursday evening in Kirkwood Missouri about 40 minutes from my home, a lone gunman ended the lives of two Kirkwood police officers and three city officials before being shot and killed by police. He also wounded a reporter that was covering the city council meeting and the mayor, who is still listed in critical condition. That my friends is life in 2008. As reports unfold about the long standing disagreement between the shooter and the city of Kirkwood, it is easy to feel the frustration and mounting anger that preceded this event. Not that anyone in particular is to blame. I wonder if there were rights and wrongs on both sides of the feud. In the end that hardly can be used to justify this horrific act. It just brings us to a great sadness.
Which brings me to LOVE. On Thursday, not one family member of those killed had one iota or inkling that as their loved ones left for work and meetings that it was the last day of their life. None of us will know that and so LOVE is the one thing that is constant and can not be ignored. It is one reason I am a strong believer in CELEBRATING! Life on earth is not a given and it is not forever. Use every hour, every minute wisely. Speak the truth, celebrate life, and express love at all levels.
Finally it brings me to WHY....every tragic event is always broken down, examined, analyzed and never can anyone say for certain what key turning point resulted in the events that unfolded. The factors involved in this tradgedy will be no different. Put it under a miscroscope and you still will not be able to definatively answer WHY.
Since I'm normally upbeat, I don't want to end this post on a negative note. Instead the focus should be on the fact that each of the people that died (even the shooter) were part of the circle of life, contributed to the ebb and flow of this world, were loved by others, and will be missed. It can be said that it is not for us to know the why but to move forward, doing the best we can with both the common and the extraordinary aspects of life.
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