Newtown Connecticut Shooting Tragedy: Can one ever make sense of the senseless?

There is nothing I can imagine worse than losing your child.

When my mom texted me this morning about the Newtown, Connecticut shooting, I was dropping my kids to school.

There were no details yet – no details that 20 children and six adults head been killed.

No details about what actually happened or why.

No details that 3 weapons were found at the scene, or how the suspect got them.

All I could think of as I told my kids “I love you” as they went into school was what would it be like to never see your kids again. Is there any way to make sense of the senseless?

I spent the morning avoiding coming home. The text messages continued from my mom, cousins, friends. Texts about feeling heartbroken, helpless, angry. I realized I cannot avoid the news, and put on NPR. A teacher from the school was sharing her story. I stopped the car and cried while I listened to her.

Oh, my heart goes out to those who lost their kids. To the Principal of the School, the psychologist the teachers and others who lost their lives.

And, I ask all of you – this is a national tragedy. We will all mourn.

Those of us who believe in stricter gun control will be angered that this guy had at least 3 guns that killed so many innocent children and people.

But, what do we need to do to change these senseless, absolutely senseless, tragedies?

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About Mallika Chopra

Mallika Chopra is a mom, media entrepreneur, and published author. She is the founder of, a website focused on personal, social and global wellness. Her intent is to harness the power of social media to connect people from around the world to improve their own lives, their communities and the planet. Her books, "100 Promises To My Baby" and "100 Questions From My Child" have been translated and sold in dozens of countries worldwide. Her varied background includes launching the Heal The World Foundation in the 1990’s with Michael Jackson, being part of the initial team to re-launch MTV in India, and serving as a Health Ambassador for the Pepsi Refresh Everything Project in the US – an initiative that gave millions of dollars to individuals, non-profits and companies to for projects in their communities. Mallika is also the founder of The Chopra Well, a premiere YouTube channel, she launched with her brother, Gotham Chopra, and father, Deepak Chopra. Mallika enjoys speaking to audiences around the world, and has shared her passion about Intent at TedXBerkeley, Ideacity, Business Innovation Factory, the Green Festivals, LOHAS, The California Women’s Conference, The Prevention R3 Conference, and many more. Mallika has a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University, and MBA from Kellogg Business School. Mallika’s new book, "Living With Intent: My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace and Joy" will be released in April 2015.