In the wake of Orlando’s tragedy
As many of you may have already heard by now, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history occurred in Orlando this past weekend.
Some of you may know that Orlando is where I make my home. Indeed, the shooting took place at a venue located just 20 minutes from where I live.
When I heard the news (through Facebook’s safety check text message), I was shocked, speechless, and deeply saddened.
These senseless acts of violence that have become increasingly ‘commonplace’ around our world as of late are heartbreaking.
It’s hard to accept that some humans are capable of committing such monstrous acts against other humans.
However, when we choose to respond with love (instead of with fear, or with violence), we show that our spirit will not be trampled upon or conquered by hate.
I hope that wherever you are in the world today, you are safe and sound. But most importantly, I hope that you will not let such acts rob you of your peace, of your joy, or of your belief in a world where love is the highest order, and where love heals all.
In closing, I leave you with the words from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Awards acceptance speech from last night.
“My wife’s the reason anything gets done
She nudges me towards promise by degrees
She is a perfect symphony of one
Our son is her most beautiful reprise
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
I sing Vanessa’s symphony, Eliza tells her story
Now fill the world with music, love and pride.”
You can click here to watch the speech in full. It begins at the 1:45 mark: