Horror in Orlando


What is WRONG with our world today?
And what can we do to turn things around – IMMEDIATELY?

© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC

Unusual, but necessary

As regular readers know, since the WordPress reblog function is not particularly ADD/EFD-friendly, I rarely reblog. In any case, the WordPress reblog function does not seem to be working at all today — a day when I would otherwise have used it to reblog the post below, put together by the author of the Make Me a Sammich blog.

I usually confine my articles to topics that directly impact individuals struggling with challenges common in what I refer to as the Attentional Spectrum community. I generally avoid “political” posts that do not directly impact the mental health field.

HOWEVER, in response to my horror at the deadly attack in Orlando, I am not able to remain silent about the repulsion I feel for the increase in hate-mongering of ALL types, much of it fomented by the rage that is given expression on Twitter – some by politicians running for office who damned well SHOULD know better!

Hate breeds hate.  STOP ITall of you
and let’s stop supporting ANYONE who spurts venom.

My hand-crafted reblog attempt:

I have copied Rosie’s first few paragraphs below – and encourage you to follow the link provided below her brief introductory paragraphs  to see the entire post. She speaks my mind as well or better than I ever could, and has also included links for anyone who is moved to help – or needs help.

Remember that you can always check out the sidebar
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Actions Speak Louder Than Prayers: Be the Helpers

As I struggled to form words to begin this post, a CNN notification just popped up to tell me that—as the world reels from the terror attack on Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, which killed at least 50 people and injured at least 50 more making it the “deadliest mass shooting in US history”—police in Los Angeles have in custody a person who was armed to the teeth and headed to a Pride celebration in the LA area.

So far, the events seem to be unrelated in the strictest sense—i.e., these men likely did not know one another or coordinate in any way—but any attack, or any attempted or planned attack, on a gathering place for LGBTQ people during Pride week can certainly be said to have at least a couple of things in common.

“We know enough to say this was an act of terror and an act of hate.”
~President Obama

In times like this, it’s often difficult to know how best to help. My thoughts—and my prayers, such as they are—do go out to the LGBTQ community today, but I will not pretend my thoughts and prayers are magical and will create change in and of themselves. That takes action.

As a straight, cis woman, I’m focusing my efforts today on amplifying the voices of LGBTQ people on social media and also, with thanks to @PrisonCulture on Twitter for the prompt, I’m shining light on organizations that work to support LGBTQ people and fight for equality and justice in the LGBTQ sphere.

These are the folks who are out there right now doing the work that needs to get done, and the one of the best ways to help in times like this is to support them either financially or by letting others know about the important work they do. I hope you can join me in these efforts to whatever degree you’re able.

Read the entire article by clicking HERE

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About Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC
Award-winning ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching field co-founder; [life] Coaching pioneer -- Neurodiversity Advocate, Coach, Mentor & Poster Girl -- Multi-Certified -- 25 years working with EFD [Executive Functioning disorders] and struggles in hundreds of people from all walks of life. I developed and delivered the world's first ADD-specific coach training curriculum: multi-year, brain-based, and ICF Certification tracked. In addition to my expertise in ADD/EF Systems Development Coaching, I am known for training and mentoring globally well-informed ADD Coach LEADERS with the vision to innovate, many of the most visible, knowledgeable and successful ADD Coaches in the field today (several of whom now deliver highly visible ADD coach trainings themselves). For almost a decade, I personally sponsored and facilitated seven monthly, virtual and global, no-charge support and information groups The ADD Hours™ - including The ADD Expert Speakers Series, hosting well-known ADD Professionals who were generous with their information and expertise, joining me in my belief that "It takes a village to educate a world." I am committed to being a thorn in the side of ADD-ignorance in service of changing the way neurodiversity is thought about and treated - seeing "a world that works for everyone" in my lifetime. Get in touch when you're ready to have a life that works BECAUSE of who you are, building on strengths to step off that frustrating treadmill "when 'wanting to' just doesn't get it DONE!"

6 Responses to Horror in Orlando

  1. Reblogged this on Kate McClelland.

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    • Sad, isn’t it, that posts like this must be written? It helps to see them passed around, however. Perhaps there’s hope for humanity yet? Thanks so much for yours.
      xx,
      mgh

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  2. PorterGirl says:

    I went over and read the post and thought it was excellent. I liked how it offered practical ways to help and support the LGBTQ community. As a Brit, it is at times like these when I appreciate our strict gun laws. I completely understand and respect the right to bear arms (as you know, I have strong ties to the States) but am pleased that we just don’t get shootings on this scale in the UK. I cannot imagine what it must be like.

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    • God bless you!

      I spoke to a 2nd Amendment proponent (Right to Bear Arms) at my local “Cheers” bar tonight – and we both agreed that “gun-free” zones, at the very least, must surely be essential!

      Personally, I am an advocate of mandatory double penalties for ANY crime committed using a gun. I also could easily vote for “gun licenses” – like driver’s licenses: you have to pass a test and be over a certain age to possess a gun. I also struggle to accept the “right” to own an assault rifle. If that makes me a “raging liberal” in many eyes, so be it!
      xx,
      mgh

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      • PorterGirl says:

        My buddies in Nashville agree that there is little need for civilians to have assault rifles or high powered automatic weapons. There is a serious problem if a person thinks they ‘need’ these in their home. I think if the system was properly regulated it would be much safer – and stringent background checks should be mandatory. I don’t think there will be any changes in the gun laws any time soon, sadly, and my heart goes out to the millions of ordinary, decent Americans who wouldn’t dream of using a weapon to commit such atrocities.
        xx

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        • Assault: “An ‘assault’ is carried out by a threat of bodily harm coupled with an apparent, present ability to cause the harm.

          We can certainly defend ourselves and our homes without weapons of mass destruction potential!

          Personally, I would never own any sort of gun because I am not trained to kill. I know that my hesitation would allow an intruder to disarm me – which would put me at far greater risk than not owning a gun at all.

          As long as my puppy sounds the alarm in time for both of us to escape unharmed, I can sleep at night.

          Veterans of combat, however, have a different point of view
          – which I understand and respect. It’s a tough – and hotly contested – issue here in the States – but it is most certainly coming to a nasty head of late.

          Thanks for your compassion.
          xx,
          mgh

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