I spent a good amount of time yesterday trying to put my thoughts into words, and I hope that my message sufficiently pays tribute to the victims of this senseless tragedy.

It's so easy to say "my thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families," but it feels to me like that's not enough. There really aren't any words that can accurately describe the loss, pain, and fear that Americans are experiencing right now, which is why I think this situation calls for action. On a political level, yes, but also on a personal level. Here is the post I made on Facebook yesterday:

I have been sick to my stomach all day long over all of the senseless deaths this weekend. I've been trying to figure out a way to put into words how I feel, but I'm coming up so short. Regardless of your religion, sexual preference, race, gender, political beliefs, etc., we need to be kinder to one another. We NEED TO BE. We NEED to be better human beings. It's not optional. Otherwise what will become of us?

Acceptance and tolerance of people who look, think, and feel differently than you NEEDS TO BE TAUGHT AND UNDERSTOOD. All across the globe. There are BILLIONS of people on this earth, and billions of those people don't agree with you. It's a part of life. But when did we get to a point where we can't even be in the same room as another person who doesn't share our opinions and beliefs? When did we as a society become so intolerant of any person who is different from us? As long as the way someone chooses to live their life doesn't infringe on the rights of another human being, why can't we just let that person live?

Something needs to be done. And although we as individuals don't always have the power to control the world around us, we can control ourselves. We are in control of our own thoughts and behaviors. We are in control of what we put out into the world. So I'm just hoping that a tiny bit of good can come from such a disgusting, tragic, senseless act. I'm hoping that we as human beings will be kinder to our fellow man, whether that be by buying somebody's coffee, standing up for someone who is being bullied, holding a door, saying "have a great day," hell, maybe even just NOT berating somebody on YouTube or Facebook for having a differing opinion than yours. There are so many different ways to be kind. I know these little things aren't going to make a huge impact on the world, and they aren't going to solve all of our problems as a society, but maybe it will have an impact on one individual. Maybe it will help one person see that there is good in the world, and inspire that person to spread more good. Maybe it will inspire goodness on a greater scale. Spewing hate is getting us nowhere, and I'm beyond scared for the world.

I'm not trying to act like I have the answers to these horrific problems we face. Because I don't. I have absolutely zero answers. And I'm not going to turn this post into a political war zone or start preaching my religion. I'm just asking that we all try to be better at love and acceptance. That's it.

There's so much news out there about the shooter, but for details on the 50 victims, click HERE.