Recent Events

How recent events may be finding their way into your office

In the past few weeks, we have been bombarded in the news and social media with highly emotionally-charged events.  Here’s just a few:

The Stanford Rape Case – Brock Turner sentenced to 6 months in jail for the rape of an unconscious woman (of which he will likely serve 3 months).

Singer Christina Grimmie shot while signing autographs – The 22 year-old former contestant on The Voice was shot an killed after a show in Orlando while signing autographs for fans.

The Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando – 49 people died and 53 were wounded when a gunman entered the gay nightclub and started shooting.

And just this morning, I saw news of another terrorist attack in France.

I don’t want to get into each of these events in detail.  Today, I only want to point out that we’re being bombarded by events that trigger us emotionally and these events may be finding their way into our work lives, especially this week.  Just these events alone have stirred up intense feelings and fears for survivors of sexual trauma, the LGBT community (and those that love them), music fans, and those on both sides of the gun control debate.  Chances are very high that pretty much everyone you will come into contact with this week will have been impacted by at least one of these events on a personal/emotional level.

As humans we are resilient and can handle a LOT of stress, anger, grief or other emotions, but we all have a breaking point where it all becomes too much.  Many of us may be at that point and as a result, we may be rude, uncooperative, or lash out at people — and it may not be clear at the time what is driving this behavior.

This week, remember that this saturation of horrifying, emotionally charged events in the news and social media is likely impacting those around you.  Try to be a bit more flexible, kind and forgiving.  We all have been through a lot emotionally in the past few weeks and we may have shorter fuses, less patience and less understanding than usual.

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle” – Ian MacLaren