Joy & Pain: Too Much Pain! Where’s the Joy?

My people. As Marvin Gaye was world-renown for saying: “What’s going on?” Amazing that a song released forty-six years still holds merit to the ongoing issues existing in our planet today! Right in the backyard of my hometown – Times Square – a Navy veteran, who claimed to be drugged up and haunted by voices, plowed his car through twenty-three pedestrians on a crowded sidewalk. Most of them sustained injuries, but Annie Donahey, visiting from Michigan with her family, died at the scene.

And if that wasn’t bad enough: four days later on the other side of the globe – Manchester, England – a suicide bomber detonated a device at the end of a sold out Ariana Grande concert, killing twenty-three people and injuring over a hundred others. Saddening is the thought of so many lives taken for no apparent reason, but what breaks my heart in half is Saffie Rose Roussos, an 8-year old girl, was killed before ever having the chance to taste life. Now, she never will.

Why is this happening? What is the point? When did it become a life or death situation just to walk down the street? How did the act of entitlement grow so much out of proportion where now individuals start to believe every single restless thought sprouting from their pea-sized brains have the right to be expressed?!

Sorry for being angry but I see nothing reasonable about placing kids in the crossfire of personal wars against groups, gangs or even nations! It frustrates me to know there are twisted-minded beings that have done terrible things – and continue to do far worst – but have been able to escape death every day. However, young girls, having a wonderful time, suddenly lose their lives because of incidents they never asked to be a part of.

Why should the innocent always suffer? Reports say the Times Square manslaughterer was strung out on synthetic marijuana. Who in their right mind would digest foreign synthesizers and chemicals for a quick buzz? Where’s the logic in that?!

Terrorists continue to commit acts in the name of God. Tell me where in any version of the Bible where God says to kill those who oppose you – who doesn’t share the same beliefs – whoever inflicts harm on you? From what I read, God expresses love and faith: love one another as we love ourselves and have faith in his son, Jesus, to save you in the hour of chaos.

Whether these people died or got injured, none of them asked for this violence. New York and England are some of the most popular cities in the world. Thousands of tourists come to visit and have a good time. Their families surely weren’t planning on getting phone calls about these fatal incidents, hearing someone they loved got hurt or died.

I don’t like what I’m seeing today. The number of tragedies has escalated over the last few years and – since the political game is one big clusterfuck – I see no end in sight anytime soon. Lately, I’ve been stressing that love conquers all. However, fear does reveal its ugly head to me at times, making me rethink my convictions. I can’t say how we need to think or what should be done to bring more sunny days into our lives. But, there’s one thing I know for sure: we can’t bury our heads in the sand and wait for things to get better.

Regardless of how you may not like the state of the economy, this is the only life we have to live and we need to live it to the fullest! Play! Travel! Dance! Sing! Write! Draw! We need to show these devils we’re not afraid to go outside and fill our days with so much love and joy that our arms can pick it up and squeeze like an orange! I’m really sorry for the loss of these innocent lives and I pray no one would suffer the same fate, especially my own family. But living in fear is like walking dead. Don’t give up on humanity. They don’t know what they do. Be excited about tomorrow and spread love where you can, in areas or persons who need it most.

Whether you agree with what I’m saying or not, down in the pit of your stomach you know its best to do the right thing. Yes, I agree when liberals say you have the right to express yourselves. What they fail to mention, however, violence is also a form of expression. Instead of protesting for hours about your rights, why don’t you change your message in a tone to uplift communities rather than shower down more anger against the system? As I said before: we can battle the government all we want – and some changes will occur – but at the end of the day, the only ones who can help us are us.

For now, be careful. Be safe. Find the smallest ounce of joy during the worst situations and hold onto it for as long as you can.

My prayers go out to all families around the world who had suffered grief over these tragic events. May God ease your pain as soon as possible and comfort you, knowing that your loved ones will live forever within the hearts and minds of your entire family tree. One day, you will see them again.

God bless you all.

Peace.

Jan

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