Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Day After~~ learning from tragedy

Tuesday April 16, 2013

The day after the Boston Marathon Bombing

The day after.....

This morning after reading my good friend and co admin's status update ~some things occurred to me. She and I have very very different political views, in fact in some ways we are quite opposite. And this is THE VERY REASON I have asked her to help me admin this page.

You see my friend and I have FAR more in common than not. I respect her as a woman, a mother, a friend and a Veteran.

We can all stand to learn from one another. We would all be better off if NONE of us pretended to KNOW everything. For it is when we think we have it all figured out~ with nothing left to learn~ that we are most vulnerable.

When tragedy comes to our own front door~ our human nature is to want answers. We seek to make sense of and understand things that are senseless and beyond comprehension.

Some will take this opportunity to benefit themselves. You can safely bet that many politicians will use this tragedy to further their own agenda. This sickens me.

However: my mother taught me long ago that the only person I can control is myself.

In that light:
I will strive to be informed without glamorizing tragedy.
I will continue to teach my children the importance of human life.
I will talk to my small children on a level they can understand without terrifying them.
I will always vote my conscience ~ even when it is not the popular opinion.
I will make my home a safe haven~ a place where my children feel safe and protected.
I will stand up for what I believe in.
I will add my voice to the chorus ONLY when I believe in the song.
I will continue to teach my children to respect members of the military, EMS, firefighters and police.
I will continue to teach my children to love based on what's in their heart without regard to race, creed, color, religion, gender or sexual orientation.
I will teach my children to stand up to bullies.
I will do whatever I can to make my home, my neighborhood and my country a better place.
I will do my VERY best to teach these things by modeling the behaviors MYSELF.

What will YOU do?

love and light,


  1. Wonderful. Beautifully done.

  2. We are not so opposite politically as you think, my dear friend. But, I truly believe its our differences that make us so damned attractive to each other. I love you. And I want you to know that I agree completely, 100% with every single word you wrote after the words "In that light:" (although I don't have small children, I shall endeavor to talk to my large children in a way that is clear, concise & as informative as I can be!). We don't have to agree politically to love each other..or even like each other. I loved you before I knew we had different politics, and continued to love you even after it came out! My motto is 'judge not, lest ye be judged'...live a happy life, be kind to each other, effect what change you can & be satisfied with the results of your efforts! xo Muah!

    1. I love you *mamw. I can appreciate that not everyone has the same views as I do. This is what makes us and our country work. I try to be open minded and enlightened to others' views. As I said I love and respect you.....more than you can possibly know.

      If we were exactly the same~ life would be pretty damn boring!

      What brings US together is both what we have in common AND the ability to respect each other when we differ.

      I am blessed to have you in my life~ sharing this journey.