I wake up multiple times on any given night, most often to the usual political banter on my TV, but early last Monday morning I awoke to the horrific news of a mass shooting on a scale never before seen in our county. This time it happened in my city. My first thought was of my friends who may have been attending the Route 91 Festival and wishing them safe. My next thought was the who, what, why, how, and if the immediate threat was over. Then I lay there thinking to myself how do I tell my children?
I had a conversation with my kids about the massacre on The Strip, a conversation we’ve had many times before, but never having happened so close to home. I stumbled over my words and hugged them a lot, and then I sent them off to school to sort their feelings with their peers, teachers, and counselors. That’s where they needed to be and I needed to be with my peers in our coworking community. We need community to help us sort through our feelings, share stories, and offer comfort. We need community to celebrate the good and cope with the bad. We need community to pool together our resources, money, talents, and strength for the benefit of each other.
So, what do I want to tell my children, my coworkers, my friends? I want to tell them that, yes, there was another attack on our country and the unfortunate reality is that there will be others. Let’s be grateful that we are still here, that we are part of a caring community, and that we have the resources to help each other in times of need. Again, I am so thankful to be a part of this coworking community and the greater community of Las Vegas, Nevada.