A Heavy Heart

Between the tragedy in Oregon and now the one in Connecticut my heart is literally breaking.  Sometimes, regardless of how much faith I believe I have, life just doesn’t make sense…  Sometimes it is impossible to rationalize an idea that presupposes there is a greater plan…  Sometimes I wonder, “Have we so lost our way as a nation that there is no turning back?” That the loss of innocent lives has become so enmeshed in the fabric of who we are as a people that we just turn a blind eye in regard to a solution and decide to anesthetize ourselves by watching yet another mindless reality program that shows the absolute worst of what human beings are capable of?”

Then I see our President who, in front of a National Television Audience, breaks down because he is so filled with grief in regard to today’s events and I am reminded that this Nation does have a heart…  That we are capable of incredible things…  That we do have the power to change this world into one where parents don’t have to fear sending their children off to school…  And people don’t have to worry about entering a public place for fear of losing their life…  And everyone has a right to live his or her life in peace.

If we are capable of grieving together and extending ourselves to one another in the midst of such tragedy than maybe we can take a first step towards healing.  Now is not a time to retreat further into our shells.  Now is the time to talk to one another…  To share our grief…  To feel the pain of those who have experience crippling loss…  And to once and for all realize we are all connected.

If we do all of these things…  If we choose to reach out instead of retreat, than I truly believe it will be impossible to ever look on our brother or our sister as an enemy ever again.

May peace eventually find all of those who have lost so much and may all of our hearts be healed despite our fear.

Michael Foley



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Michael Foley

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Michael Foley currently lives in Los Angeles where he pursues his passions. Writing, psychology, spirituality and politics. He has been a fierce advocate for LGBT rights since the early 80′s, during which time he was part of New York City’s Act-Up and a volunteer at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis. He has worn many hat’s over the years including nearly a decade in Corporate America where he was an Operations Manager in the Insurance Industry (please don’t hold that against him). Today he is a produced playwright and actor who continues to support and fight for LGBT equality and the healing of the LGBT Community.