World turned upside down… or is it right side up…

Tragedy happens every day all over the world. Death is nothing new. Not that I really need to explain that to anyone. We all know death is the ultimate end we can not escape.

When tragedy strikes in the United States, however, we take more of an exception to it – almost like WE should be immune to such things. We are more indignant. Our entitled selves scream “How DARE you bring this upon US!” as if it’s okay the rest of the world experiences such things but we are better than that.

I take nothing away from the tragedies that happen here. The ones that make the news. But horrible things happen every day to all age groups, both genders, all the time. Every second of every day.

Abuse – rape – torture – disease – hunger – wrongful imprisonment – death – natural disasters

We don’t want to think about those things because when we do our brains reach the exploding level. We are inundated with images of tragedies on TV, on media sites, the radio, the internet. The number of sad, depressing news stories of some horror well outnumbers the humanitarian, human helping human stories. We are desensitized to the horror.

Until it happens close to home. Then our self-rightous, entitled, indignant selves scream for blood.

What about that child who hasn’t eaten in two days just down the street? Where are your cries for justice there? What did you do about the wife next door that you hear almost every night screaming as her drunk husband beats her? What about the elderly gentleman across the street who can’t get up to get out of his house by himself but has no family or friends to come help him? What about the many teenage children in our country labeled at an early age as juvenile delinquents who get stuck in a system that says it’s there to help them but in reality keeps them in the system, labeling them as worthless, not helping them, not listening.

There are so many horrors and tragedies right in your own back yard, your own community that you can DO something about every single day. But do you? I don’t mean volunteering at every shelter, food bank, old folks home within a 20 mile radius. I mean helping someone in some small way every single day. Making a difference EVERY SINGLE DAY.

Major tragedies happen every day all day long. We can’t stop all of them and we can’t help everyone. But we can restore faith and hope in humanity in the face of all the tragedies one day at a time. One person at a time. One moment at a time.


About ynnarie

Lynn Salisbury grew up in the rural town of McGrath, Minnesota. After graduating from McGregor High School in the mid 1980’s, she moved to the Twin Cities. Lynn spent her 20’s and 30’s working like the average person, never imagining the calling that awaited her. But those two decades of working, learning, growing, led to the day a friend challenged Lynn to write. Lynn met that challenge and never looked back. Now she draws from her life’s experiences and creative mind to weave stories. Stories about different worlds, different lives, different perspectives. If you ask her about her life, Lynn will tell you it’s been rather simple and sometimes boring. But if you dig a little deeper you will find that it’s been a bit more exciting than that. Lynn has done everything from designing clothes ranging from prom and wedding dresses to drag queen attire and everything in-between, became a registered, ordained Pagan minister in the state of Minnesota, to creating a group, on a social media site, of fans devoted to her favorite football team that has more members than most medium sized towns. Lynn still lives in the Twin Cities area, enjoying the changing seasons, spending time with family, working, and writing. She will admit she hasn’t found her genre niche yet, and she secretly hopes she never does, leaving the possibilities wide open for any type of story that formulates in her head, mixed with a bit of muse inspiration, to spill out into the written word. She writes what she would want to read, having taken to heart a piece of advice she once heard. And she feels blessed and grateful for the chance to share her stories with the world. As the mother of three amazing, beautiful and strong daughters, Lynn knows that even when the world seems the darkest, they are her light. And she never forgets what an honor and privilege it is to be their mother. “If you haven’t had your ‘a-ha’ moment today, you haven’t been paying attention.” – Lynn Salisbury
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