On Friday (9/26) – we went to Charlottesville, VA for the day. After rainy and damp weather all week, the sunny blue skies in this lovely mountain town were an extra treat.
First, here is the video I put together – the song is called “Songbird” by Forty Foot Echo:
Now – a Dozen Street Shots:
It was a little sad during our visit because there are signs everywhere for the missing college student Hanna Graham. For those that do not know about this story, Hannah went missing on 9-13 -14 – she was out partying and decided to walk home alone. She got lost on the way and was sending texts to her friends. Video surveillance was able to help track the last person she was with (big Brother has perks) and there has been an arrest as well. We are all praying for her.
However, with all this media coverage about this case I wish someone would be sending a “wake-up” call message to viewers. I know it may not be the best time because the focus is on finding Hannah and trying to get tips coming in…
But listen up, this is another example of how drinking impairs abilities and can leave us vulnerable. This is likely another example of what is called a “crime of opportunity” and it is sad! I have a few more thoughts to share about alcohol, but for now I just want to remind all of us to drink responsibly – or how about not at all and let the cells in your body get a healthy break.
But seriously – college kids and teens need to be reminded of the dangers of getting wasted.
And if you are using alcohol to cope with – well start thinking about other ways of tackling issues. I know it is not easy and habits and patterns get set, but there are resources out there and it starts with becoming aware of how you are coping. Alcohol in itself is not necessarily bad, but when you use it for coping it robs you of real growth and at some point you will have to sober up and deal with things. Nobody ever said: “Yeah, I had a lot of problems and then I started drinking everyday and everything got better.”
I am not trying to judge your alcohol consumption – I am just saying think about it! And monitor all you do with wisdom – because you’ll know when things are not in balance – and wellness is rooted in awareness.
On Friday, I also met a few more folks – including the Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo.