It's at times like this that work can transcend just being our livelihood and become something more. Our colleagues can become companions, and we can really be there for each other as we try to make sense of the tragic loss. And that's what I hope will happen -- that people will talk from their heart, learn from each other and take their connection to a deeper level. I'm sure their fallen colleague would be smiling down on them if they actually did this in his honor and memory.
But a thought just flashed through my mind. Why does the Phoenix always have to rise from the ashes? Can't life, and a renewed sense of purpose, also flow from life? With this in mind, it would be helpful if more of us would look for opportunities to create community, be it with friends or work colleagues, even before tragedy strikes.
OK, maybe the concept of sharing bread will take a while for capitalism to absorb, but there is absolutely no reason that each and every one of us can't become better colleagues -- dare I say, companions -- as we go through our work day.
"If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman." -- Margaret Thatcher
Here are the results from a recent Working Wounded Blog/ABCNEWS.com online ballot:
How do you feel about oil prices?
Dismayed: the car stays in the garage: 10.6 percent
No big deal: it's a cost of driving: 12.3 percent
Angry: it's destroying my budget: 76.9 percent
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