JOURNAL ENTRY March 31: What Happened, How Can I Help?

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The Willingness to Change

JOURNAL ENTRY March 31: What Happened, How Can I Help?

The escalation of violence, not just on American soil, but around the world is happening for a reason.

What is the reason?

The complexity of the situation might not give us all the answers, but I’m drawn to the question —How can I help?

How can I be a part of a solution to violence, in a world where too many children are dying, some by the hands of each other?

Aggression and violence isn’t going to change by pointing fingers — it never has. Let’s acknowledge there’s another way.  Acknowledge that with the expansion of our own thoughts, we can rise to see all parts of the solution.

By including other data and people in the decision making process — we can turn options into solutions.

It is not “them” with “their” problems, wars, guns, drugs, fighting, or “their” children. It’s OURS. This world is all of ours and EVERYONE belongs here.


The senseless shootings and violent acts we bear witness occur from fear, abusive power or believing there is no other way out or even — perhaps up.

I offer — we can change our circumstances by changing our thinking.

Our thinking leads to our action. We can be re-taught. Yes, we must change policy’s and procedures for sure — along WITH our thinking.

Leading trauma experts explain that by changing our question from “What’s wrong with you” to “What happened to you” — as explained on a 60 Minutes piece that aired recently, creates an important shift in our thinking.

We can demonstrate — there is another way by being the light, the beacon — the Hope in which our future sees. What Happened to you, how can I help? It isn’t enough anymore to isolate into what we believe is a safe corner.

What happened to you, how can I help?

Together we must help ensure a safe, loving and stable planet for future generations. What happened to you, how can I help?

I believe that will come from a change in our thinking — not from war, terror and more violence.

So, I offer that in expanding our own minds we can slow our racing thoughts. Let’s allow our children to slow down too, wouldn’t you agree? My deepest desire is to be part of the solution, so let me be the first to approach not with an answer, but with the question. What happened, how can I help you?


About The Author

Richard Silvia is an online writer for the platform The Power of the Heart and Thrive Global. Buy his latest book here He is the creator of, No Fear Friday (TM), and songwriter at Rick Eva Music. A social change artist, partner of John, lover of sandy beaches, and addicted to 90% dark chocolate, with a bucket list that includes going to the Azores to feel his grandparents land.

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