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26 acts of kindness for Newtown

I know that many of us, especially parents, have really been struggling with Friday’s tragic event. I myself have been on an emotional roller coaster, just trying to take in and process all of the details of the horrific event. Add to that the ongoing battle over “the solution” to preventing similar occurrences in future. Gun control. Mental health care. Armed teachers. It’s enough to make your head spin.

While I do agree that we should let the tears dry, I also believe that there is no better time to discuss these issues. This can’t happen again. It just can’t. And we owe it to those innocent, beautiful children, brave teachers and their families to see that it doesn’t.

I’ll admit, I lost a bit of faith in humanity on Friday. I cried and asked why and held my baby tight. I questioned whether there was any good left in this world and how I could ever protect my child from the demons that continue to commit these unthinkable acts of hatred. I was nervous going to Target and thought about where I could hide to keep her safe if a crazed gunman were to storm the store. Paranoid? Maybe. Ridiculous? I think not. Not now. These things are real and a part of life now. I know that I’m not the only one thinking about them.

So how do we conquer this way of thinking? How do we begin the healing process? How do we move on and still grieve and honor the lives of those lost? Until today my answer was ‘I just don’t know.’

There is an amazing movement taking place now, inspired by a tweet by Ann Curry. “Imagine if everyone went out and committed 20 acts of kindness for every child lost in Newtown.” 20 quickly became 26 to include the heroic teachers that were lost as well. This is such a fantastic challenge. It is a beautiful way to honor each individual lost on that day and to also restore some faith in humanity.

Are you up for the challenge? Can you wake up each day for the next 26 days, hold one of the Sandy Hook victims in your heart and perform an act of kindness in their honor? What a beautiful thing to share with your friends on facebook, twitter, blogging or even just to keep for yourself. Help spread the kindness for these angels. I will be sharing my acts of kindness with you and I hope you’ll join in the movement. If you choose to share yours, be sure to use the hash tag #26acts.

I am totally up for any challenge that helps to make the world a better place. Let these precious lives inspire you to be better, kinder and more gracious.
What do you say?

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day 21: 30 days of thanks

On this eve of Thanksgiving, I am thankful for holidays. I am thankful that my families are able to gather and celebrate. I am thankful that we are all able to be together. I am thankful that I am no longer in the restaurant business, because although the money on holidays was great, it was not worth more than the time that could have been spent with loved ones.
Now that the years are passing more and more quickly, I find that I am more appreciative of these days spent celebrating together. I’m also thankful to experience each holiday in a new and different way now that I have my own little one. I am, essentially, thankful to give thanks… and for all other holidays in between. May we always remember what is truly important on these most special of days.

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day 16: 30 days of thanks

Today I am thankful that no one that I love works for Hostess. This is such a terrible time of year to find out that you are now, or soon will be, unemployed. In these tough economic times, everyone really needs to take moment and realize how lucky they are to have a job, whether it’s good or bad. I feel for those families that will be hurt by this. I’m thankful tonight knowing that those closest to me will not be and hoping that they all remain happily and thankfully employed.

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day 7: 30 days of thanks

Friends.

I am so, so thankful to have such amazing friends. It is such a wonderful feeling to know that there is always someone to share ideas, opinions and laughs with. I am thankful that no matter how much time goes by or how busy our lives get (especially now that most of us have children) we can always pick right up where we left off.
I feel so lucky to have found such a diverse bunch of people to call friends. And even more lucky that each of them has as dry and sarcastic a sense of humor as I do! What are the chances?!
I love each and every one of them differently and can’t imagine what I would do without them. They’ve given me such great memories that I will never forget and I hope for many more to come… probably just involving less alcohol!
My dear friends, thanks to each and every one of you. You know who you are. I am so thankful for you, for your love, for your humor, for your honesty and most of all for your undying & loyal friendship. I love you with all my heart and my life truly wouldn’t be the same without you.

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