As I have wiped tears from my eyes all weekend thinking of the parents of the children who were murdered on Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT because of the feeling of powerlessness over evil.
But I can not send my kids off to school today feeling powerless, I need to put in my head the things that I can do to help keep mine and other kids loved and safe.
I will empower my children
I will be kind to people
I will do my best to help those struggling
I will hug my children and love them everyday
I will be aware of the surroundings
I will make myself a known figure on campus
I will do my part to teach kindness
I will look for children and adults in pain and try to be a means to help them
I will not live with my head buried in the sand
I will point out those that are suffering or seem to be in pain or anger to those that can help
I may not be able to prevent a psychotic madman from doing unspeakable things, but I can if make the community aware, that is doing something.
I want to make the world a place that I want my kids to live in, and it isn't that place right now. The parents and families of those 20 little souls that are in Heaven, were just walking through life doing their normal routine and in 1 minute their lives were crushed. Why? Why? Why? What did someone not do? Where did a life go wrong? What was missed? Why? Why? Why? The only true right answer is that Evil will always find away. Evil is powerful and evil is baffling, and shocking and unexplainable to most.
I can't live being a part of the why, I have to be part of an answer, a solution, or what is the point of living in a community? What did this teach me? Be kind and aware of those around you and love your kids even when he shredded all my Christmas cards that I addressed and stamped last night. LOVE THEM, make sure they know you love them all the time no matter what.
I don't know why, I just know that there are those out there hurting and crushed and maybe love and kindness is at a shortage and we need to more hugs and less dirty looks and fist a cuffs.
God Bless Sandy Hook Elementary and Newtown, CT. I pray in all this there is comfort somewhere for you and peace in your hearts and a relief of your pain.