When do we say enough is enough? How much energy are we willing to expend on a particular belief? What are we willing to work on with all our might to create change? It’s obviously a sad day as the country deals with the catastrophe at Virginia Tech University. The death of 33 people is horrific. Obviously there will be fallout from this instance for years to come for the students, faculty, staff, parents and the country regarding this incident, but what surprised me today was Rosie O’Donnell’s surrender for a cause.
I was watching the “Hot Topics” segment on The View and she was discussing the Virginia Tech tragedy. She told the viewers about her fight for gun control following the Columbine massacre in 1999. Today on national television, Rose O’Donnell stated that fighting for gun control is feudal. She believes it will never happen in this country and that she spent five years devoted to working on this issue to no avail.
It’s disheartening to think that we all have a breaking point when we believe are actions will not cause change. Are those we’re in disagreement with simply waiting us out? It doesn’t matter if the issue is gun control, the war in Iraq, hunger, poverty, health care, etc. Do we have a finite amount of energy to devote to our convictions or are we simply in need of encouragement, reinforcements and to be heard?
As pilgrims we know that long journeys are exhausting. We understand that we don’t pick and choose our pilgrimages, they choose us. As pilgrims we understand that our convictions are at the core of our being and to abandon them results in some type of spiritual or psychic death.
What’s your pilgrimage and what do you need to keep on your journey?