Putting up a blog has been on the to-do list for the last many days. While we have been happily busy with family reunions, training sessions and numerous meetings, Micheala and I have remained dedicated to keeping things fresh here in Leadership Log. We’ve enjoyed getting back into sharing our thoughts through words. Thank you everyone who have wandered right here to see what we’re sharing.
As I mentioned, this has been on the to-do list and my days have been peppered with wedding or event tours, contracts and lots of meetings. I have come to this very spot a number of times with the intent to share something with you all and just as quickly shut the browser because other things have come about. A blog just hasn’t materialized as it should. So today is the day.
I had originally thought I would address the finer points of collecting your final numbers and important details on events or to promote our upcoming leadership conference or fabulous fundraiser. I am sure those blogs will appear soon. However today I wanted to share some thoughts on Orlando instead.
If you scroll through any form of social media or the news: Orlando, the terror that took place there and the reactions, opinions, thoughts, tears and such are everywhere. If you visit my personal Facebook, you’ll see I echo many of those sentiments.
It is Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 and I still have not yet been able to wrap my brain around the motivation or hate that could fill someone’s heart so much that they would be moved to take a human life, much less 49 of them. Nor can I comprehend the heaviness or sadness such an unnecessary loss has formed in my heart.
In the hospitality business, we here at The Leadership Center, have the privilege to serve so many people from all walks of life and from all over the world. We have varied family backgrounds, race, education, belief systems and religious beliefs. It’s incredible the beautiful people, amazing groups and companies we get to serve every single day. While we may not always understand or agree with a practice or a belief, we always do our best to accommodate a group.
As a staff at The Leadership Center, we represent an immense amount of diversity. We are a team and a family. Again, we all have our own set of opinions and beliefs and yet, each day we come together and work side by side to serve our guests.
Our TVs, radios, newspapers and social media have been bombarded with messages regarding elections, Orlando, gun control, etc. I do not care where your beliefs fall on any of these topics. I care about the fact that we lost 49 lives in a senseless act of violence and hate on Sunday. As our Event & Admin Coordinator, Micheala Olsen, so perfectly stated in a recent Facebook Post, “A life is a life and that should be respected.”
I am sure there will be those who will shirk at this blog post as another soapbox stance full of words without action. It isn’t. As a person who has spent a large portion of my life, not being accepted for my race, which was painful at times. I cannot begin to fathom the hurt of not being accepted for who I love. In understanding that respect is a basic human right and learning from each other about our backgrounds, beliefs and differences are great human privileges, it is these ideas we share with our team, our guests and in the various educational opportunities we have including this blog post.
America is an amazing place. We were founded on the premise of freedom and the defending of the freedom all men and women should have. The events of this past Sunday were against a beautiful and vibrant community. It was also a strike against the freedom our country was founded on. It is loss on so many levels.
My hope is that, sooner than later, all differences aside, we can come together as a nation to find a solution to protect our freedoms and the lives of our country’s people.
I’ll end my thoughts on this by reiterating the words Anderson Cooper so eloquently said, “They are more than a list of names. They are people who loved and who were loved. They are people with families, friends and dreams.”
Our hearts go out to the families and the community impacted by this tragedy. Our hearts go out to the GLBTQ community as you heal from your loss as well as from this injustice. Our hearts go out to Orlando.