A reflection following the devastating events at Sandy Hook Elementary.
Love and gratitude are the antidote to fear and anger…With the whole country reeling from our most recent tragedy my fervent hope is that amidst the mourning there is healing.
So many are calling for more guns, ‘we must protect ourselves with more guns, armed guards in schools’, etc. I can’t help but think those types of solutions aim to soothe our fears with what feel like immediate fixes. An odd grasp for control in a world we know we can not control. I hope that we can take a moment to catch our breath, release our fear, our anger at this senseless act and focus on love and gratitude.
I am thankful for the teachers, and other faculty members who every day make it their priority to teach and protect our precious children. I am grateful for first responders everywhere, who courageously and selflessly serve our communities. I am in awe of medical professionals who are able to put their own emotions aside to care for those in need. And I am hopeful that our leaders will take this unfortunate opportunity to stand up for common sense and have the courage to lead our country to changes that can make a difference.
Marriane Williamson so beautifully said in A Return To Love “fear is the absence of love.” We are confused, we are fearful, we are heartbroken but let us not stop loving. Connect with those you love, connect with those you know, connect with those you may not know. Because through compassion and connection we create love and abolish fear.