A Moment to Shift Our Focus

Written by: Kendra Spring Klasek


Here at Outlander Cast, we may seem to be of one mind about things, and those are all things 'Outlander'.  But there are times, like today, when we need to shift our focus and look at the broader picture.

Take a moment to stop voting for things.  Stop posting about the cast and the crew and the entire show, for that matter.  Take your hands off your phones or your tablets or your keyboards, fold them in front of you and . . . if it's your thing, say a prayer for all of those effected by the horrible events in Paris, today.  If it's not your thing, pause for a moment to think about the ones who's lives were lost, those injured and the one's you love.  There will be a time for anger and vitriol.  This is not that time.  

Now is a time to mourn.

We should not mourn the losses today because they happened in any particular city, to any particular people.  We should mourn them because they happened to fellow humans, no matter what race, religion or creed.  

Photo courtesy: Associated Press


We stand with you.

12 comments

  1. Praying for Paris with all my heart & do hope they'll get all the attackers,absolute tragedy for all the innocent lives lost my thoughts are with their families&friends!;-((
    Why,why do people do this?

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    1. I honestly don't know. It's devastating. My heart is broken for Paris and Beirut and for every place where atrocities like this happen which go unreported because they aren't deemed important enough. I held my husband and son extra close and extra tight tonight. Waiting to hear back from a friend of ours who lives a few hours away from Paris and was hopefully nowhere near the city. Sometimes there are just no easy answers, only more unsettling questions.

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  2. Praying for Paris and the world at large. My heart is with you all.

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  3. Madness and mayhem ruled last night, but I have full faith in our Parisian friends...la vie continue.

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  4. "We should not mourn the losses today because they happened in any particular city, to any particular people. We should mourn them because they happened to fellow humans, no matter what race, religion or creed." amen, outlander cast!

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  5. A reminder from someone else on FB that almost daily other places are being attacked. I'm sharing this in support of Paris. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/11/isil-claims-suicide-bombings-southern-beirut-151112193802793.html

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    1. Indeed. The heartbreak of yesterday is how sheltered we tend to be from the rest of the world. When we hear about one atrocity, we tend to get an onslaught, with previously under-reported events dog piling onto the mix and it's so much loss and grief it's hard to keep our eyes on the good in the world. And yet, we see the outpouring of support and solidarity and it has restorative power. Today, as I held my son, I'm reminded of all the sons who will never come home, all the children who have lost parents, all the wives who have lost husbands and it can be overwhelming. So we must focus on the good and focus on ways we can give back. Like Claire said: "You cannot save the world, but you might save the man in front of you."

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    2. So well said Kendra & it is happening in all over the world,those terrorist have been brain washed&dehumanized,what has gone wrong in their lives? I have seen war,never ever want to see it again,but these acts are kiling all goodwill in the world,it breaks my heart,just lucky that I live in a lucky country that is OZ!

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