Word of the Week – Sadness

I had to really think about what my word should be for this week. Should I try to find something good to focus on or just be honest about the way I and many others feel about this week. I don’t imagine there is anybody out there who hasn’t felt sadness this week.

The terrible atrocity that befell Manchester on Monday has dominated my thoughts all week. When something like this happens I try to avoid the news but I couldn’t this time. I read about those who had been witness to the horror and saw the faces of those who were murdered and my tears fell and my heart broke. Thinking about how terrifying it must have been for everyone in that stadium is just unbearable. How can we even begin to make sense when there is just no sense to be made.

I’ve also felt sadness at the conversations I’ve overheard. Some people are full of rage, anger and hate. Although I understand the anger I strongly believe that there is no room for racism. You cannot fight hate with hate.

Manchester is my birthplace, I’m Mancunian and I’m proud to be so. The way people helped one another made my sadness lift a little. From the incredible emergency services staff to the people opening their homes and hearts. They all give me hope that the world is good and that we can overcome the evil that people sometimes do.

Words can never express the sadness, despair and hopelessness we all feel. All we can do is hope for a better future and be as kind and loving as we can possibly be to our fellow humans.

The Reading Residence





  1. May 26th 2017 / 10:30 AM

    Like you, I felt some of the sadness lifting reading all of the stories about those who rushed to help and support in a time of tragedy. It does offer hope, and it’s the way to fight this, not with misdirected hate, so true x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  2. May 26th 2017 / 10:59 AM

    I dont have words to the evilness that had happened =(


  3. May 26th 2017 / 6:38 PM

    There is always someone willing to help, and the wonderful people of Manchester have really supported each other through what has been an awful episode. You are right though, hate is not the way forward. x

  4. May 27th 2017 / 3:08 PM

    It’s shocking and so incredibly sad. The World is one scary place thats for sure!

  5. May 28th 2017 / 8:46 AM

    I couldn’t settle at all on Tuesday. I was constantly checking the news and feeling so shocked and saddened by it all. I will never understand what drives people to this level of hatred; that they could kill others who are just enjoying themselves at a concert. I found it encouraging too to read the stories of people offering rooms, free taxi rides and just trying to help. It seems that the first response of many was “what can I do to help?” and that was very heartening to read about. #WotW

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