I've had a busy weekend and start to the week - I worked as a print model for a clothing brand on Sunday and I had an audition for a film this morning! I was also able to visit Mama Daley! :)
These experiences have been wonderful, but I've felt very distracted (as I'm sure many of you have been too) by the incredibly sad news that has come out of Orlando, Florida after the shooting at Pulse nightclub early on Sunday morning. (I also spoke briefly about this on my new YouTube video which I posted today.)
My heart goes out to everyone who has been impacted by this event. Truth be told, I think that everyone has been affected in a certain way, and I believe that it is up to all of us to honor the victims and share as much love as we possibly can with one another in order to make it through this tragedy.
Overall, the news definitely tends to report on dramatic and disheartening stories. And recently, news reports have been seemingly riddled with upsetting stories, including the Stanford sexual assault case involving ex-Stanford University student Brock Turner and the untimely death of beautiful singer Christina Grimmie.
These events which have been highly publicized (for obvious, important reasons) remind us that we never know what tomorrow will bring. And we also never can know what another person might be going through or experiencing in life. For the families and loved ones of the aforementioned events, for example, they are undoubtedly struggling.
I have read numerous comments from individuals expressing their thoughts about these horrible events that have been in the news. Rather than sharing my own opinions about these events, I have chosen to utilize my platform of "Behind The Sign" to simply remind all of you, my awesome readers, of the importance of sharing compassion.
Sharing love and compassion is so incredibly important every single day. Even simply saying hello to someone you see in passing, or flashing a smile at a passerby can remind him or her that someone is thinking about them and is offering a gesture of love to them.
I aim to remind all of you about how much I appreciate you and how awesome you have been to me through social media. You are my friends. And we are here for one another on good days and not-so-good days.
So, again, to the victims and loved ones affected by the events I mentioned here as well as any other difficulty that some of you might be going through in life, try to keep your focus on compassion. This is certainly not easy to do when we are upset. But I truly believe that life has a way of balancing things out; and love will always ultimately prevail.
With lots of love and compassion,
PS - I also want to include a link to RAINN - which is a sexual assault helpline. The incredibly brave victim (whom I refer to as a survivor) in the above-mentioned Stanford assault case, wrote an incredibly powerful letter about her assault. It is another reminder that we must stand up against sexual assault and abuse.