Embracing the recent Spring like days with open arms, I awoke on Wednesday, March 25, 2009, to a light rain, dark clouds, and cold weather. Nothing outside the normal as we had still not approached the 85-95 degree days of a “Southern Summer” but we had enjoyed a teaser of warm temperatures.
I had a mediation scheduled in town, conveniently located less than a mile from my home on the West End of Greenville. As I was presenting the mediation a bustle of sirens and activity seemed to provide both an ominous future for my presentation and someone’s well being. It wasn’t until the completion of a very short, yet required mediation, that I learned the sirens rushed to less than a block from my home. Having planned to be in mediation all day it was hard to transition back into traveling to Anderson for work with all the activity going on around the house. I planned to finish my work day out from my home office.
Little did I know my home office was going to be near a recent crime scene. The city block on Vardry Street between Green Avenue and Anderson Avenue was blocked off with yellow crime scene tape and the foot traffic was ever more increased (see photo above). The conditions remained cold, rainy, and dreary. However, few details were being offered by the young, Greenville City Police officer standing post on the Green Avenue block near the crime scene tape.
The Greenville News would provide a report late in the day indicated that several people were behind a home on Vardry when one of the persons started shooting. One person was killed, another injured, and another that fled from the altercation.
In the snap of someone’s fingers the lives for all these people changed today. I wonder if they had come to grips with who they were, what their purpose was in life, and made it clear to everyone they loved how much they cared for them?
Probably not. More than likely, they were spending idle time doing unproductive things with unproductive people expecting positive results out of negative input. How will the cycle change if someone is constantly going around in those circles?