I rarely write such political messages, but sometimes I feel like my head is going to explode & I have to say something.
Today is one of those days. So if you don’t want to hear it, just scroll on, that is always a choice.
When Newtown happened, I was devastated. I cried for months. I learned about each Angel. I learned about each family. I’m still learning. I’m still paying tribute on my facebook page “Twenty Six Seeds of Love for Newtown.”
I also changed as a person. I became less apathetic, and more sympathetic. I took more time to enjoy my family, and treasure the moments we shared. I began to use my time more wisely on the internet.
And I began to pay more attention to the injustice & tragedies plaguing our nation.
I began to pay attention to how many people are losing their lives to violence by any means.
I am growing tired of hearing about people dying from violence on the news.
I am trying to remember their faces. I am trying to remember their names.
And once you take the time to do that, TO REALLY DO THAT, to look into each face, each life lost, and see or imagine each family’s grief……you will begin to change too.
You will begin to see that loss is loss. You will begin to feel sadness for all of them. You will begin to become angry at the injustice of it all. You will begin to want to do something about it. ANYTHING.
You will hear many people tell you, there is nothing one person can do, or nothing can be done, or the system is broken.
They will tell you we will never agree on many issues, so why even bother.
THAT IS BULLSH*T!
When you have your head filled with all of these horrific images, with all of the faces of those killed tragically, YOU WILL HAVE YOUR REASON TO BOTHER.
You will begin to hear their voices, the whispering of Angels, saying please do something.
You will begin to see that there is something you can do.
You will begin to see that one person has a lot of power when passion leads them.
You will begin to see that there are a lot of people who feel this way.
You will begin to see that if all of these people DID SOMETHING, it will make a difference.
Here are some things you can do, if you want to do something. You will not agree with all of them. But pick one thing you agree with and do it:
1. Pay attention to some of these tragedies. Learn about the victims. Learn if there is any way you can help their families or loved ones.
2. Pay attention to your family and those around you. Is there anyone who needs your attention, or help. Whether it’s mental or financial, help them or get them help.
3. If you see or hear hate speech against anyone or any particular group, speak up or leave the room. If all of us do this, it will make a difference. Hate speech can lead to much darker things.
4. If you see or hear anyone threatening violence, tell someone or report it to the authorities.
5. If you are a gun owner, become educated about responsible ownership & storage. Teach your friends.
6. If you are a member of a particular gun organization, demand that the leadership do something to help prevent these tragedies. Demand that the leadership stops blaming these innocent victims for these tragedies.
7. Learn the names, Twitter accts, emails & phone numbers of your representatives. Contact them and demand change. They really do read the correspondence & reply.
9. Support a gun sense organization.
8. Support mental health initiatives.
9. Vote in every election.
10. Support the many initiatives which are promoting love, compassion and kindness.
11. Teach your children to love and be accepting of others. Teach them that they are important & can make a difference.
12. Love your neighbor, and treat them how you would like to be treated.
13. Never stop believing that YOU can make a difference.
14. Never stop trying.
I hope that we will all actually do something THIS TIME.
Thank you to all of you who already have, or who will decide to.
Let’s join together to grieve as a nation, and to help change our nation for the better……….
(& Twenty Six Seeds of Love for Newtown)