There have been so many tragedies in the news lately… Last summer a guy open fired inside a theater during The Dark Knight Rises, a few months ago was the big shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, and yesterday multiple bombs were detonated during the Boston Marathon. And these were only a few of the big domestic tragedies… the world is full of violence and sickness. These types of thing happen every day, all over the globe. It is truly devastating!
Now that I am a mother, I view these things in a whole new light. I remember when I was much younger I heard about Columbine and 9/11, but I had a lot of difficulty processing the news and relating all of the victims to myself and the people I knew. Now I relate everything to my child. I can’t imagine my own devastation if Audrey was caught in the crossfires, or hurt in a terrorist attack. I am distraught for all of the parents who have seen their child suffer or have experienced the loss of their child…
My hope is that Audrey will be a force for good in the world. I have always wanted to make the world a better place, and I hope she does too. I feel like not many parents emphasize the value of goodness and selflessness. Not that success, athleticism, creativity and intelligence are bad at all! But what if you can encourage your children to succeed at improving the lives of those less fortunate? To run for a cause? To create art, music or theater in order to make the world a more beautiful and interesting place? To learn more so they’ll have the tools to do their best for the world?
Every child has different interests and capabilities, but I firmly believe that no matter what you do, you can do it with goodness in your heart and inspire others to do good as well.
Even just simple things make the world a better place… I can’t tell you how incredibly proud I was when my sister posted this video (Sorry, Liz- I had to rip this off your FB wall!) of her daughter’s Christmas wish:
Maybe if we can raise a few more children with awareness and compassion, they can be beacons of positivity for those who are intent on burning the world.