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,