Once up a time there was a narcissistic king who ruled over countless subjects. One day two swindlers convinced him they could tailor new clothes so magnificent that only loyal subjects could see them. As the king strutted through the town wearing his new clothes his subjects were impressed – all except one brave boy who yelled, “He’s naked!” Afterwards, others opened their eyes and the truth became known. I’m sure you’re familiar with this famed children’s story.
Citizens of Orlando my heart goes out to you. As a proud member of the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) I’ve visited your city during one of our annual conferences and found it to be very beautiful. While in the process of recovery from your tragedy I sincerely hope a few words in this blog will help with your healing. My name is Dr. LaMarr D. Edgerson and I am a clinical mental health counselor. My specialty is post-traumatic stress.
All forms of life begin as a seed. Even the mightiest of oak trees took root from a small seed. Nourishment from water and sunlight allowed it to grow to magnificent heights providing us with oxygen, shade, absorption of carbon dioxide, and even a habitat for numerous species. Hatred also begins as a seed. When nourished in ways such as insecurity, paranoia, blame, fear, ignorance… it can erupt into a fit of uncontrollable anger. One such explosion of hatred and bigotry occurred this past Sunday in Orlando, Florida as innocent people seeking nothing more than a night out on the town were left traumatized, injured, and killed.