A young man opens fire on an elementary school – LITTLE KIDS – killing 20 kids and 6 adults.
We’re not at war, are we?
I don’t know, and, since the shooter has killed both himself and his mother, we may never know.
It’s unimaginable to think about anyone going into a school and shooting 6 year olds.
Yet it’s happened.
And I know cyberspace is filled with us bloggers writing about yet another attack. A terrorist attack of a sort. A hate crime of a sort.
The BBC this morning discussed the lack of care for those with mental illness.
THIS to me was the issue. After all, it’s not guns who kill, but rather people. And to commit a crime of this magnitude and with this focus, surely this young man had some sort of mental illness.
We can all speak up and sign petitions. And we should. For gun control, and especially for mental health services.
Even more, I think we can all do little things and help those with lesser pain, ‘managed’ illness, I guess you can say. ‘Illness’ like being affected by shorter days, or less work, or depleted resources – financially or emotionally.
Especially this time of year. While the airwaves are filled with toe-tapping music even for this dreidel-spinning, menorah-lighting Jew, and yummy delights are passed beneath our noses, this can also be a sad time for many.
Just last night someone told me she can’t wait for the season to be over. To get back to everyday life. ‘Regular’ life. ‘This‘ is all too much.
We may not be able to take care of the big things, but we can take care of these little ones:
We can offer support and kindness to people feeling vulnerable. Compassion and humor. Empathy and an ear without judgement.
How do you know who’s in pain?
It’s just as easy to treat everyone as if they may need a little extra cheer.
“The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention…. A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words. ”
― Rachel Naomi Remen
The holiday season is short but our memories are long. I say let’s reach out and touch someone’s heart this season and do what we can to really bring good tidings and cheer into as many lives as possible.
That to me is creating a miracle! A much needed miracle! Bolstering someone’s ‘internal life’ is huge. And sometimes all it takes is a smile or the patience and time to connect.
My friend Pam brought this powerful post to my attention. Please read:
“I am Adam Lanza’s Mother”
We can all do ONE thing. Remember:
“Whoever saves a single life, it is as if he had saved the whole world.”
— The Talmud, Sanhedrin 4:5
If we can’t banish guns off the face of the planet, we can still save the world!