Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Remembering Orlando




    Sunday in Orlando was a very bad day.


    It hurts to think about it. I wonder why, and there’s no answer. It’s like a bad dream, one I want desperately to wake up from, but knowing I can’t. It’s real, and I know it’s real.


    The early morning shooting at a gay nightclub killed at least 50 people. More than that many were wounded, including a police officer. Statistically it’s now the worst mass shooting in American History.


    But this is not about statistics.


    This is about people.

    This is about love for people.


    Love for people no matter their sexuality

    Love for people no matter their religion.

    Love for people no matter their race.


    I echo the sentiments of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “Tonight our community witnessed a horrific crime... that will have a lasting effect on our community. We will not be defined by a hateful shooter. We will be defined by how we love each other.”


    Thus we will love.


    People naturally come together when tragedy strikes. We saw after 9/11. The Greatest Generation saw after Pearl Harbor. We saw after Sandy Hook.


    We are seeing it again now.


    Hundreds have lined up to give blood in Orlando. Prayer rallies and candlelight vigils around the country have shown their support. Community and religious leaders are speaking words of unity and hope.


    Hassan Shibly was one of those.


    Shibly is the executive director of the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. He drove to Orlando Sunday morning form his home in Tampa. According to an article posted in TIME, Shibly spent the day comforting family members. “It was just heartbreaking to stay here with the victims today and hear their stories and what they’re going through and the fear and the unknown,” Shibly said. What’s important, he continued, is “we stand united we offer the support for the victims that we can and don’t let the terrorists divide us and turn us against each other.”


    At the Sunday evening broadcast of the Tonys, Hamilton composer Lin-Manuel Miranda reminded us “history remembers.” In his acceptance speech for Best Original Score for, Miranda said, “We chase the melodies that seem to find us until they're finished songs and start to play when senseless acts of tragedy remind us that nothing here is promised, not one day. This show is proof that history remembers. We live through times when hate and fear seem stronger. We rise and fall, and light from dying embers, remembrances that hope and love last longer and love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside. As sacred as a symphony Eliza tells her story. Now fill the world with music, love and pride. And thank you so much for this.”


    Love cannot be killed or swept aside.


    Let that be our mantra as we move forward. Let us love all people a little more, despite our difference, despite our misunderstanding, despite our previous thinking.


    Let us move on with more forgiveness in our hearts, with more charity in our actions, with more faith in our tomorrows, and with more hope in the goodness of people.


    Let us move on with more awareness of the people around us, especially those who don’t seem to fit in. Let us move on by listening more with an open heart. Let us move on by caring a little more.


    Let us move on by being a better friend.


    Have a great Monday. Thanks for letting me share.


    Les Patterson


    p.s. Take 13 minutes today to move on by reaching out and being a better friend.


    Les Patterson loves to share stories and the “Monday Morning Boost” is his way of sharing a story or two with family, friends, and clients. Les believes every person, business and organization has a story worth sharing. Since 1997 he has enjoyed finding compelling ways to share those stories through writing and producing radio commercials at the Cache Valley Media Group. Discover how he can help tell your story at www.CacheValleyMediaGroup.com. Feedback and comments are welcome at les@cvradio.com. ©2016, Les Patterson. All Rights Reserved.