Do we really want CHANGE?
In light of the tragedy in recent days, I wonder if we are willing to take the steps to change things. It is so much easier to grieve from a distance, to talk about change, to even send notes and cards to the people dealing with the unimaginable--but are we willing to take steps to ensure that this does not happen again?
I don't know if gun control is the solution, or if more security is the way to go, but I do know that every child longs to be known, longs to be accepted, and longs to be loved and cared for.
I understand that the issues are actually more complicated than I can imagine, but there are things that you and I can do today that will make a difference.
Mentor at the Boys and Girl Club , tutor at the library, watch and be amazed at the acrobatics of a teen on a skateboard, keep your marriage healthy so that your child will be in a two parent family, become a CASA volunteer, or work at the Special Olympics.
It is so much easier to complain about a tragedy than to be a part of the solution. We have a short-term memory problem--next week Connecticut will be forgotten, just like all the other terrible things that are only remembered on anniversaries.
If you really want change, then be the change! Do something that costs you something. Don't shy away from the challenge--because it just may be that the child you mentored will find the cure for cancer, or maybe the little girl you inspire will become your president, or maybe she will be the mom brave enough to speak up when her child is struggling.
You might never see the results, but your input in a person's life will make a difference!