The Loss of Innocence

This weekend I was sitting at my computer getting ready to share with you my latest offering, when I opened my browser and was gutted to discover the latest news. As a parent of a six year old and a nine year old myself this has touched me deeply…

I fail to comprehend the unfolding nightmare that assaults our modern world when we hear of the senseless loss of innocents between the ages of five and ten in what was once considered a safe, small town environment.

I cannot comprehend the horror of what they and their teachers must have faced before their lives were so arbitrarily and cruelly taken from them, nor the unbelievable trauma of the their surviving schoolmates, nor the utter hopelessness and despair that their parents, grandparents and brothers and sisters must be now facing at what should be a time of joy and togetherness and love. I feel their loss too. If you are a parent or a grandparent of young children you will know what I mean and how I feel right now.

It seems inappropriate for me to even attempt to cover any topic at this time of deep grieving for the loss of those beautiful little children and their teachers. It is a time that could be described as a loss of innocence in so many ways. Instead I would like to share with you the words of one far more qualified than me to bring some balance back to what seems to be an imbalanced world… Saint Francis of Assisi.

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love;

For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

To conclude, I would also like to share with you the heartfelt words and emotions of another father, President Barack Obama, as he struggles to describe the indescribable to his grieving nation.

Until next time… Let’s seek to understand more and judge less.   Have a thoughtful and blessed week – Brian

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About Brian Clark

Brian Clark is the principal director of Precision Profiling®.

He is a renowned practitioner, writer and speaker on building total customer cultures; values driven leadership and world best practice strategy and implementation.

He has been a guest lecturer on world best practice for the executive management programme at Monash University’s business college (Mt Eliza campus); an adviser to and key note speaker for the Singapore Productivity Association and a consultant to many major Australian and overseas corporations and government departments.

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