In the grieving period after the Las Vegas shooting, I find myself questioning several things, including my individual relevance. As a mother of two children, a wife, and a business owner, what impact do I have to offer that becomes relevant to my community, my state, and my nation? I have become a spectator, the nation has become a spectator, to a grieving city, which to them is their small town community. No different than how I might feel about Terre Haute, West Central Indiana, or my great state of Indiana. This incident has caused reflection on gun control, crowd safety, and much more. However, in a time of terror and healing, the small town of Las Vegas that we know as the city that never sleeps is breaking down barriers of distrust, building new hope, and recognizing their impact on the global message of love and kindness. Each person, organization, and cause associated with helping in the healing process is relevant in some way. Everyone is relevant.
I immediately felt drawn to want to do something for Las Vegas, but I'm only one person from Terre Haute, Indiana. What difference could I make? I guess you could say I had similar feelings related to the most recent hurricane devastation. It is times like these, times of fear, when I reflect the most. I suspect that is the same for many people. Perhaps too simply minded, but I find my relevance to be most important where I'm planted. In reflection of fear and watching America mourn the Las Vegas incident, I find hope in helping one another build trust and collaborate together.
Every small minded issue before us as a community, region, and state seem irrelevant. We have bigger issues in front of us that take a collective body of people, knowledge, and passion to overcome. Maybe this is one time where we can't say what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. We are not immune to crime, disaster, and fear. Therefore, we reflect and find our individual relevance. How do we create impact of collaboration and kindness that typically transpires in difficult situations through reflection of what could be? With collaboration, everyone is relevant.