Tonight is our Town Meeting on gun violence at Quail Ridge Books and Music. The above picture is what I'm trying to get my mind to look like: Peaceful.
As I said at the end of last year, I want to make a difference with respect to violence in society. One of the things I wanted to do was organize this gathering for tonight.
"You stirred it up," my husband told me the other day when I expressed misgivings about having done it, "and now you have to deal with it."
And he's right. I'm dealing with it and it hasn't been without its challenges. There have been days--today is one of them--when I wish I hadn't gotten it going. I wish that instead of heading to the bookstore tonight that I could sit and watch the elimination show on The Voice.
I woke up nervous about the program, so I decided to do a ten-minute meditation. The music was voices, all somewhat discordant that came together to make a very ethereal sound. Appropriate, I thought at the end of the session.
I'm going to put forth here what I'd like to see happen in the next twelve hours:
1. During the day, I will continue to affirm that the meeting will be productive, peaceful, and informative.
2. When I do my introduction, I will set a tone of cooperation, expertise, and empowerment.
3. During the questioning of the panelists, they will give the audience food for thought and helpful information.
4. During the question and answer period, the audience will ask questions that come from their hearts, that they will be resolute but not angry, that they will feel that their voices have been heard.
5. As people leave the meeting, they will feel satisfied about the information they gave and received and be inspired to take action according to their beliefs.
6. When I get home tonight, I will feel that I have done something that brought me out of my comfort zone but was very satisfactory. I will feel confident about putting together another such town meeting that will make a difference in the lives of the people who attend.
7. The bookstore will be satisfied with the results of the meeting and will want to support my efforts to do it again.
Please give these seven things some attention as you go through your day. If you can attend, please do. 7:30 tonight at Quail Ridge Books and Music in Raleigh.