It happened in Maine. Could have happened anywhere. Might even happen in our neighborhoods. Many names but mostly known as copycat. In Maine a man was arrested on a traffic violation…and then it was discovered he had stockpiled guns and ammunition…this happened AFTER the horrific tragedy in the Aurora theatre.
He had a game plan: copycat what Holmes did.
Think about it. How often the repetition of evil, of damage, of creating your own space by eliminating others happens. Not the first time. And, it won’t be the last. Copycatting.
Certainly some newscasters—noted this on CNN—will focus more on the victims than the alleged shooter. Good for them.
Another idea, though, may be more connecting with each of us. Certainly more positive. It came from this Yahoo paragraph talking about 4 young men who died in that Aurora theatre protecting their girlfriends. Reads like this and triggered a better possibility than arming with rifles, pistols and plenty of ammunition:
Of the 12 people killed in the Aurora theatre shooting, four of them were men who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect their girlfriends. Now, each of these women is struggling to come to terms with both their grief and their gratitude.
Sacrificing like this isn’t planned…it’s caring spontaneity. These men did what they did without weighing, what if this means my life? Would you have done this? Would I?
Here’s a more planned possibility: be copycats for goodness. And when you do, you’ll feel better and others will benefit.
Happened to Diane and me last weekend. We’re downsizing big-time in our move to Seattle. It is time to not keep all we have. Focal point was some furniture. Sure, we will gift to family. But, there is more than family, there really is. A couple of calls to our church and then a church sales shop brought Mario to our driveway in his pick-up truck.
We loaded the 4 chairs—and we asked, “Mario, may we ask to whom these will be gifted?”
He smiled, “We have it worked out. We work with homeless women and their children to establish them in apartments. Two women and their children are receiving your furniture—two chairs to each. They are now In their apartments and we’ll make sure they can stay.”
Oh boy. Diane and I felt better than good inside…we had gifted for the benefit. Everyone wins.
Copycatting. Not to order guns and bullets. Nope. But to do what you can…even after you read this…or the next time you can open a door for the person following you, thank someone for helping you, tell someone you appreciate their smile, of looking in your closet and realizing how many shirts and pants and coats you’ll never wear again…and see those items are gifted to others.
Copycatting doesn’t have to be putting on a gas mask, charging into a theatre through an exit door and blasting away.
Rather. Copycatting can be for goodness and benefit and caring. You think?