In the wake of the Orlando shooting a few weeks ago, all I wanted was for it to not be real — for it to disappear and vanish. I wanted to talk to my family members who are both Latino and gay, but didn’t have the words. I felt numb. Then I thought about my colleagues. Was it appropriate to ask work-related questions to my coworkers who were directly and indirectly affected by this tragedy? Should I set these aside until after I checked in with them on this attack?
We need to be mindful of what we feel and what action we need to move forward, individually and collectively, with compassion and love — especially in times when our entire world is shaken. I have so many questions that can’t all be answered in one sitting, but hopefully they garner a space for reflection for you as an individual and for your organization as a whole working toward social justice.