Newtown, CT

I have had a lot on my mind lately.

I have wanted to openly share my feelings on what happened in Connecticut nearly two weeks ago, but I didn't know how I wanted to express them. 

I didn't want to talk about gun control, even though I have some strong thoughts about that.

I did want to talk about mental illness, but ... my experiences with it are more personal than you would ever know, yet not mine to share. So silence remains.

However, while sitting in Church on Sunday,  I think it all came together.

We were singing the hymn "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day". For those of you not familiar with the hymn, the end line of each verse is " ... of peace on earth, good-will to men!"

One verse stood out to me over all the others that day. 

It read:

And in despair I bowed my head;
"There is no peace on earth," I said;
"For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!"

It made me think of Connecticut specifically ... and so much more.

It is hard to think of peace on earth and good-will to men when one man can march into a school and end lives of so many innocent people, most of which were young children. 

It is an act that shows hate is strong.

And does mock the song of peace on earth and good-will to men.

The next verse also piqued my interest.

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men."

I wondered how right prevails after such a horrific event.

And then a moment of truth hit me.

I am the person who ensures right prevails after the unspeakable happens. YOU are the person who ensures right prevails in the aftermath. WE are the people who must bring peace to earth and good-will to men ... because we can.

Even if I bring the most minuscule amount of peace in some way, shape or form ... There will be peace on earth. It might not be the entire earth, but it can be found SOMEWHERE amongst the chaos and fear.

On the eastern sector in Berlin Germany, chunks of what was once the infamous wall dividing citizens of that city are lying about - preserved as a memorial to the triumph of freedom and bondage. Written on one piece of the wall in bold, uneven red letters are these words, "Many small people in many small places doing many small things can alter the face of the earth."

You and I can be those people doing those small things to alter the face of the earth.

I don't know what that could mean to you - what "small" thing could you contribute to this vast world to make a difference. But one thing keeps coming to my mind regarding Connecticut. 

I am not sure this one thing could have changed what happened there. BUT, I do know it could possibly stop it from happening somewhere else.

It is one thing that I know can alter the face of the earth and is something you and I can do daily.


Offering genuine kindness to everyone we meet, regardless if we think they "deserve" it or not. Regardless if they failed to offer it to us.

I have sometimes let my mind wander to what kind of parent I would be, if that blessing and miracle were ever to be mine. Unfortunately, my children would most likely all be on behavior plans {thanks to my line of work}. ;) But the one thing that I think about ALL the time when I think about my elusive children is: how can I teach them to be kind to everyone - especially those who are different? 

Being extremely close to mental illness, I know kindness and love do not solve all problems. 

But I know it makes a difference.

I know it can dimmer the hate in this world.

I know it can bring peace to this world.

And be the foundation of  good-will to men.

I wonder what it would take for each of us to recognize that power instilled in each of us. That in this sometimes dark and bleak world, we can bring light to others in how we treat them - in the kindness we share.

But I do know that as soon as we recognize the power inside of each of us and act upon it is when right will prevail and wrong will fail.

So, what am I waiting for?

What are you waiting for?

How will you offer that kindness to someone today?

While this might have appeared to be an extremely strange topic for Christmas Eve, I cannot help but think this is the perfect time to commit or recommit ourselves to becoming the people that we want to be - the people this world needs us to be. 

I am in.

Are you?


Murf said...

This is why blogs are created. Well said Mindy! Time to apologize to my kids and tell them I love them.

Rachel Overson said...

This is so beautifully said.

Missy W. said...

Powerful words!

Niki said...

Well said. A little kindness can make a big difference. I hope you enjoyed your movie yesterday :)

Shan said...

Amen! And it was perfect for Christmas Eve.

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