What Anger Needs Most Is Compassion | #MyToronto #TorontoStrong

What Anger Needs Most Is Compassion | #MyToronto #TorontoStrong

My heart breaks for our city, again.

The world is such a scary place. Nothing in this crazy thing called life is guaranteed, and the violent acts of last night on our normally (somewhat) peaceful Toronto streets is proof.

As we laid in bed last night, Mike was scrolling his phone and he said, “There was a shooting in Toronto tonight.” To be honest, I barely reacted. Over the past few weeks/months – there has been a whole heck of a lot of gun violence on our streets. It’s awful. Mike looked at me, and said, “No – like, a mass shooting.”

I immediate grabbed his phone and we scrolled the news feed together.

My heart broke. I was angry. I felt broken. Who could do such an awful thing in a city (I see) filled with love and tolerance? I felt as though this city I gave my love to all my life has changed. I began to think about the family we plan on having – do I want to raise our kids in the city now?

I kissed Mike goodnight, but I didn’t sleep well at all.

What Anger Needs Most Is Compassion | #MyToronto #TorontoStrong

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

When I woke up this morning – I wasn’t angry. I was sad. I was sad that someone had this much anger and hate in their heart. I was sad that I even for one second began to doubt the amazingness that is Toronto.

Toronto is a city filled with a sense of community. We support each other, celebrating our differences – learning from one another.

The people, the food, the culture – that is what defines Toronto…not the acts of violence from those filled with anger and hatred.

For all those affected by the shooting last night – remember that. Remember that in Toronto, we will always choose love over hate. Remember that you have a community of people who are here for you and support you.

And while we are all struggling to come to terms with what has happened – try to remember that what anger and pain need most is compassion. Be kind to one another.

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