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Over the weekend, our sister city Orlando, just 45 minutes from the Space Coast beaches was under attack from a ruthless terrorist with ties to Jihadist Muslims.  There is hope in the midst of tragedy however.

Currently, the death count is at 50 people with over another 50 individuals having been or currently hospitalized with injuries.

Lives have been turned inside out of those who survived as well as the friends and relatives of those who have been senselessly killed.

Since this horrific attack, my friends and family whom I have talked with and discussed this with all feel as though there is a common feeling of togetherness.

As horrible and senseless of a crime this is and seems to be playing out more and more on US soil, there is a light we can collectively look to if we can all come together as a nation.

A scene from Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring

photo courtesy of WingNut Films & The Saul Zaentz Company
photo courtesy of WingNut Films & The Saul Zaentz Company

“”FRODO: I can’t do this, Sam.
SAM: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy. How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened.
But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something. Even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back only they didn’t. Because they were holding on to something.
FRODO: What are we holding on to, Sam?
SAM: That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for.””

One thing is for sure, there are dark shadows out there and they want to hurt us.  The world is becoming a little darker it seems as time carries on.  Things are changing, and the path ahead seems dark and creepy in many ways.

Just as Sam says in the quote above however, there is some good in this world and it is worth fighting for.  It only takes a few to realize and understand that and with that realization and resolve to fight for it, it will spread to others.  Before we realize it, with the right people, we can make a turn.  We can clear open that path to our future and recreate a society and world that we can be proud of and more importantly, have control and feel secure in.

This event and others like it in recent past (San Bernandino) does not and will not define who we as a society in America have become.  This is not the norm and will not become the norm.  Why?  Because, we, as a nation are much stronger and better than this.  As a melting pot of races, religions and diverse backgrounds, we all have one common factor that binds us a the most unique nation in this Earth’s history.  We are America and we will over come this hate.

We here at Live Near Water send our love, positive energy and prayers to all of those affected by this cowardly deed.  We are all one, and when we can come to realize that, we can begin to live in love, peace and prosperity.

There is hope in the midst of tragedy, we, living and being as one are the hope.

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Don Norris was raised in Central Florida on Merritt Island. After moving off to college and traveling and living both around the United States and abroad, he and his wife, Natalie have settled back on Florida's Space Coast on Merritt Island. Norris Real Estate @ Keller Williams allows Don to engage his customer base on a personal level by not just assisting selling or buying homes, but by providing a trusting and competent hand in the selling and buying process that creates a bond, relationship and appreciation with his customers. As a team, Don and Natalie Norris have all of the tools they have acquired and cultured over the past 20 years to give their clients the absolute best customer experience in the selling of their home or buying their dream home.