Monday, November 16, 2015

To Paris, With Love

I spent the majority of my Friday in continuing education real estate class, so I was fairly oblivious to the horrific attacks happening across the ocean. It was only when I hopped on social media that afternoon that I realized what had taken place - multiple attacks had left more than one hundred dead and countless injured in a beautiful city. My heart was instantly broken - this was one more sign of what our world has become. I kept up with various news outlets that evening, trying to wrap my mind around what had taken place.

The next morning, I woke up to see that Facebook had implemented a new feature that allowed you to change your profile photo to the colors of the French flag in support of the terrorist attacks. I along with many of my fellow Facebook friends made that change. Sure, a quick swipe on my iPhone doesn't mean I've made a difference, but it was heartwarming to see people near and far banding together to support a city left broken and terrified thanks to ISIS. After all, Paris stood up for the beautiful United States of America when our country was attacked, so why not do the same?

Now, I shouldn't have been surprised about this next little bit, but I was. In disbelief, I read multiple posts that reprimanded those who were sharing articles, voicing their opinions, and changing their profile photos. Yes, there have been other attacks from ISIS that have left countries distraught, and those countries should by all means be supported as well. But the support of Paris does not mean that we love any of those countries any less.

We read what is shared - and the Paris attacks have been shared and televised over and over again. You see, people travel across the world to see the City of Light. I think many never believed it would be attacked like it has and it has taken a terrorist attack that seems "a little closer to home" to make a broader impact and to get people talking. But that is what we need -- people standing up together against terrorists. And in my humble opinion, the support of Paris does not represent just one city. It represents the support of every single human being who has ever been affected by the terror that is ISIS. It represents people's love for others. It represents heartbreak over what is happening in this world. 

In this day and age, we use every world event as a chance to complain and to compare. But death is death. Heartbreak is heartbreak. So today, instead of complaining, let us pray. Share the articles, educate those about world events, and let us all learn to gether. And to Paris, to Beirut, to Lebanon, to Kuwait, to Tunisia, to every country that has ever felt the throes of terror - this is for you, with love. 


  1. Love this Zelle! It absolutely makes me cringe when people critique others for sharing about a specific tragedy. I 100 percent agree with you that showing support for Paris means support and love for so much more. Thank you for this!


  2. Beautiful post Zelle, and so well said. It's hard to comprehend the violence that surrounds us, and we are fortunate to gather strength in prayer.
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  3. Beautiful post girl! It does bother me that the media chooses what to shove down our throats while ignoring other important events, but this attack hit closer to home than others because it's a city many of us have visited, it was on innocent people, and this country has been an ally of ours and fully supported us after the horrific acts on our soil. We should all be banding together throughout the world to eliminate such hate. I love seeing the world coming together not only in prayer, but as one unit in support.

    Green Fashionista

  4. Beautifully said Zelle! I was amazed that people would be angry that others are showing support against this terrible tragedy - regardless of how people show it - it's our choice! Facebook even got "reprimanded" if you will for allowing those in Paris to check in to safe zones, but they had never done it for other attacks...going forward they are now, but it's just crazy that is what people focus on!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  5. Breaks my heart! thank you for speaking out

    Anna // Happy Medley

  6. I couldn't have said it better myself sweet friend! I was in shock over the people complaining about those who did post or change their picture in support of France. It is amazing to me the lack of compassion people have. <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  7. Beautiful post. We spent part of our honeymoon in Paris and this made me so sad. I also think that it's awful that some people would complain to others who are showing their support, or sharing an article. That is part of the reason why I only go onto Facebook once a day. Anyways.. again, beautiful post and thank you for sharing. I hope that you have a great day today too.

  8. Very moving and extremely well written. I'm with ya, girl!

    Sara Kate Styling

  9. So perfectly said. It's still so hard to process everything that has happened - it's heartbreaking. Just saying so many prayers for everyone involved and our world in general.

  10. so, so sad what happened and your words are beautiful.


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