Jessica Redfield was reportedly among the 12 victims of the senseless shooting at a Denver movie theater early Friday morning. This blog from June recounts Jessica’s chilling observations when she witnessed another deadly shooting at a Toronto mall earlier this summer. Perhaps Jessica was spared in the first shooting that we might be touched by her thoughts, which are sadly now underscored by her untimely death.
I have no words to express my level of sadness over such tragedies. I only hope someday we might find a way to stop the madness. Peace~LM

A Run On of Thoughts

I can’t get this odd feeling out of my chest. This empty, almost sickening feeling won’t go away. I noticed this feeling when I was in the Eaton Center in Toronto just seconds before someone opened fire in the food court. An odd feeling which led me to go outside and unknowingly out of harm‘s way. It’s hard for me to wrap my mind around how a weird feeling saved me from being in the middle of a deadly shooting.

What started off as a trip to the mall to get sushi and shop, ended up as a day that has forever changed my life. I was on a mission to eat sushi that day, and when I’m on a mission, nothing will deter me. When I arrived at the Eaton Center mall, I walked down to the food court and spotted a sushi restaurant. Instead of walking in, sitting…

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  1. I’m such an idiot – I read Jessica’s blog and left a response, then came back and read yours, Lynette. I didn’t realize she had died. Thanks for posting this. I think the collective tragedy of our times is that we hurry, like I just did, at the expense of the small, very wise voice in our gut. We tune it out in favor of logic, which I’m learning is always a huge mistake, as instinct is usually far more accurate than any logic the brain comes up with. Maybe this post will help each of us slow down and listen. It has me. Thanks, Lynette.

    • Hey Baxter,
      That’s an easy mistake. I hope folks will take away some valuable lessons from Jessica’s incredible message. You’re right, most people’s lives are so busy that they often race along, trapped in their own thoughts, without much thought to surroundings. My profession has ingrained awareness into my psyche, but sometimes, even I become complacent when I’m hurrying through a busy day. Gavin DeBecker wrote a great book called, “The Gift of Fear”, and he deals with the internal responses and instincts we too often ignore or turn off. DeBecker says there is a universal code of violence, and we can learn to recognize the signals to protect ourselves. It’s a fascinating read.

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