It’s incredible how quickly everything can change.
My heart is broken open and all the love and compassion that pours out of it I send to the community of Newtown, CT. I wish that my humble offering could lessen the pain of their horrific reality right now.
Today I proudly stand firm in my decision to be a weapon-free household. Raising my three children we have never had toy guns–not even a water pistol. No swords. No combat toys. I was just never able to understand why I would purchase a weapon for my kids to use in play. Killing people is not fun. Of course, sticks and pencils and vacuum cleaner parts very easily become weapons, which is where my true creativity came through. We didn’t “kill the bad guys,” we captured them, tied them up, and got them to tell us all their secrets. No one “died” in my playroom or my backyard, they fell in to a deep, deep sleep and only magic or true love could bring them back. I wish this was possible in real life. I wish all the love that is being directed toward the families of those that lost children or loved ones in this heinous crime could bring those 27+ back.
What can we learn from this? What do we do?
There will be the renewed debate on gun control, for sure. But lets look at the young man who held those guns and lets ask what could have been done for him. We all need to take care of each other. We all need to take care of each other. Can we slow down and notice the hurting people around us? Can we be brave and ask questions? Can we act to protect our communities, our children, by not looking at problemed people as outcasts but by finding out more and doing what we can to help. If even it’s to make a phone call to someone of authority expressing our concern. Can we slow down? We all need to take care of each other.
What I hope we can each do as a step toward a more peaceful world void of awful incidences such as this is to love without judgement. Who in your circle is troubled? What can you do to help them? Maybe the loving action of one person will open their hearts to a positive path. And for all of us so helplessly far away from Connecticut today, this is something we can do. Be aware. Be open. Act with love. Take care of each other.