“Don’t be afraid your life will end; be afraid it will never begin.”—Grace Hansen
The End of the World or the Beginning?
Friday, December 21, 2012 is predicted to be the end of the world. Suppose instead it was the beginning of a new, more compassionate, less violent one? Suppose tomorrow is the day we begin to change the world. We can do any or all of the following:
Decide to do a random act of kindness every day instead of stopping at 20 (or 26) because of Newtown.
Decide to visit someone in a nursing home, take them a gift, and give them a hug.
Decide to tell the politicians to set aside their arrogance and became conciliatory for the good of the country.
Decide to offer a helping hand and support every day to someone suffering through cancer treatment or coping with a devastating illness.
Decide to rescue an animal about to be euthanized or donate money for their food and care.
Decide to smile at the grumpy sales clerk, assuming she is tired and overworked.
Decide not to get angry at an aggressive driver
Decide to become educated about mental illness, autism, and Asperger’s so misconceptions can be avoided and needed help can be found.
Decide to look once more at the faces of the innocent children murdered in Newtown and fight for gun control legislation.
Decide not to go the gun shop and stock up on assault weapons before they can be banned.
Decide to give up buying one more Christmas gift that no one really needs and instead donate to a favorite charity.
Decide to hug our children and grandchildren just a little tighter and vow to do it more often, especially at those times when we are most exasperated with them.
Decide to pray every day for a more peaceful world so we can send our children to school and see them again at the end of the day.
Decide to do whatever works best for us to make a change in the world.
May this new year be one of love and compassion for everyone.