I started taking guitar lessons last week. I have been ‘playing’ for quite some time, but my skills are very limited, so I decided to take it up a notch and signed up for some actual lessons.
Today, on Friday the 13th 2015, while my daughter was at school, I thought it was time to practice playing something before my next session.
I was searching through a variety of songs; Guns and Roses, Led Zeppelin, Train, Birdy, but then I came to one I couldn’t skip over. It was ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon. As I attempted to play the song to the best of my ability, tears streamed down my face…the lyrics were so beautiful and poignant.
Four hours later I came home after picking my daughter up from school and logged into my Facebook account. There were two notifications. One of them said: ‘Your friend, ‘Soleil Hare’ is safe in Paris.’ I had no idea what it was referring to, but I knew it wasn’t good. I checked the ‘trending’ newsfeed and my heart just sank.
No more innocent lives lost.
I uploaded the latest news from Paris as I got dinner ready for my child and saw that my prayers were not answered and many innocent lives had been lost.
I grieved, I sobbed, I wailed. All I could think about was that this has to stop. We can agree to disagree. It’s okay to have different beliefs and live on the same planet.
I turned on the beautiful words from John Lennon, that I had attempted to play just several hours before, and cried and prayed that this would be the end of such senseless violence.
Blessings and Peace to ‘tous mes amies a Paris ce soir’ xoxo
Author: Wendy Haley
Editor: JoJo Rowden