And some days, you just have to stop. Stop everything.

 

This is my family. 

I love them with every fiber of my being.

Sometimes, I don't tell them enough because I also love my job. The pace. The demands. The economic wins. The sheer joy that comes from knowing I've helped someone else win.

Sometimes, I get going so fast and furiously that I overlook (briefly) things that I should not. Cues that I should not.

People that I should not. 

It's easy to do. As a professional, as a job seeker, as a human. You get all caught up in a whirl of activity surrounding your latest passion, goal or deadline and everything else sort of falls off around you.

Today, something very very bad happened, in a school much like my own children's yet, by chance only, on the other side of the country. A tragedy that, try as I might, I can't even remotely fathom.

The children who died senselessly today were all of our children.

Today, I am overcome with grief, for the victims, for their families, and for all of the children who may have survived, but just had their innocence wrenched away from them by someone with no right to take it.

I'm also very angry. Angry that, for a laundry list of reasons, tragedies like this can happen. 

And so today I will stop.

I will hold the blog post that was to go up today.

I will take a break from the next ebook I'm outlining.

I will set down the phone, stop obsessing over my overflowing inbox and log out of Quickbooks.

And I will love my family with all of my heart.

I hope you'll do the same.