TODAY, three lives have been taken in my home town of Spalding, Lincolnshire.
Our little patch of South Holland is usually a pretty sleepy place. I could easily have stuck a comma between ‘pretty’ and ‘sleepy’ and it would still have been accurate.
Everyone at Team Taz has been, understandably, a little rocked by this morning’s tragedy, and we’re sending love and holding to everyone involved.
And there’s something I want to say to everyone else as well. I want to just ask everyone to stand back a little bit and get some perspective.
I’ve heard everything from people saying they’re afraid to leave their homes to a few more extreme comments and speculations verging on racism.
People, what happened today is horrible, tragic, sad… all those words and more. But… and it’s an important but… all indications are that this incident was contained and about as far away from terrorism as we could get.
Reports so far suggest this was a father who shot his wife and daughter before turning the gun on himself. Tragic. There’s that word again.
This does not mean our streets are dangerous. This does not mean we are living in a ghetto. If you don’t want to live your life in fear, don’t. Simple. There’s no need to as far as I can tell.
Awful things happen. Nobody ever expects them to unfold on their doorstep. But it’s always on somebody’s doorstep.
LET US NOT BE SMALL
So, instead of being in fear, I encourage you to be in love. Send good thoughts to all those directly affected – to the family, to the friends, to the first people on the scene who tried their best to save lives. Love is expansive. Fear makes us small. And we are not small.
…except for the people who’ve been guessing about the nationality of the guy with the gun. That kind of thinking… that IS pretty small. Last time I checked, people of all nationalities and all walks of life were equipped with trigger fingers, emotions and the potential to reach a point where everything feels too much.
Have compassion. Have love. Be love.