Yesterday was a tough one for all of us, wasn’t it? The massive loss of lives, the pain rippling outward as the families and friends of those killed received their terrible news. We, as a nation, are once again saddened and left feeling powerless in the wake of constant refusal to change.
We can make a difference. We can make it so all of the lives lost, in this massacre and all of the others this year, are not in vain. You can donate to the GoFundMe set up for the victims here. As I write this, the amount raised is $2,487,031 in less than 24 hours.
You can donate blood by scheduling an appointment with the American Red Cross. You can donate to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. You can donate to the Zebra Coalition, a safe haven for at-risk LBGT+ youth. You can donate to the Orlando Youth Alliance, which also offers a safe space for LBGT+ youth.
Now that I’ve given you ways to put more good than bad out into our shared world, let’s get to the diversion: What’s the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you? What’s the nicest thing you’ve ever done for another person?
I think my husband being supportive of my writing, while also being kind and compassionate about dealing daily with my panic and anxiety, is the nicest, most loving thing another human being has ever done for me. In order to keep the karma rolling, I support him in his career and messy tendencies.
Besides that, I always try to be nice to anyone I meet. I open doors. I offer assistance. I try to help. I try to be the good I want to see in the world.