When the Journey Ends Too Soon

Today’s blog post was meant to be a look at Turning Point #1 in The Six Stage Plot Structure.  Every time I sit down to write that post, the stories of the victims of the Colorado shooting who lost their lives fill my mind.  Among them, a Navy veteran who served three active tours of duty in the Middle East, a budding young journalist, at least three men who took bullets for their loved ones, and a six year old girl. 

I know that I don’t need to express my outrage at this senseless, evil crime.  I am one of many observing this tragedy, and the ripple effect this heinous act has had, and will continue to have, on the friends and families of the victims as well as our nation.  Since I have immersed myself in the Six Stage Plot Structure and the Hero’s Journey, I keep going back to the lives lost and ask myself “what if?” Where would the lives of the twelve victims journeyed to if given the chance?  We will never have those answers.  Instead, we are left with unanswered questions, and the knowledge of lives ended too soon because the journey of one mad man went horribly wrong.

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4 Responses to When the Journey Ends Too Soon

  1. How true. Each day that we awake we need to thank the Lord for all of our blessings and remember to find enjoyment in each day that we are on this earth. Unfortunately, we all bring children into this world hoping that they will contribute positively to society. I don’t believe that anyone desires to conceive a mass murderer. All said I would like to still believe that there is more good in this world than evil.

  2. George M Dusichka says:

    What if it were not so easy to acquire guns in this country? He had quite an arsenal and didn’t seem to have much trouble collecting it.

  3. The situation in Colorado is terribly sad. My kids went to see The Dark Knight yesterday, at a matinee. Even though I knew it was silly to feel that way, I let them go with more than a little bit of fear that a copycat would choose their theater, at that showing, to commit the same act. It reminds me of 9/11, when, for a few weeks, I was extra-diligent in locking doors, left the dogs upstairs to stand guard over our home, checked on the kids repeatedly in the middle of the night while they slept.

    Our world has definitely changed, but it is up to us to maintain and foster humanity in the face of the horrible acts, and to continue to teach our kids to make good decisions, to know right from wrong, to pay forward the love and kindness that they receive every day, and to stay optimistic..


    • R.A. DeFranco says:

      Hi Jaye –

      I’m responding late in the game…your comment is beautiful and I can completely relate. We were trying to get pregnant during 9/11 and I thought…is this the world I want to bring a child into? But we can’t stop moving forward. Like you said, our best contribution to society in this regard is a healthy child that is a positive contributor to society.

      Thank you for stoppy by!

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