I remember this feeling of helplessness – knowing that there are people in the world who are hurting; wishing there was something that I could do to make even a small difference. I’ve been feeling that way since Friday, and I’ve heard it from a lot of other people, too.
I saw a couple of suggestions online today that I thought were so fantastic that I wanted to share them.
This was posted by someone I know who lives in Newtown, CT:
“Snowflake Drive – Like our children, no two snowflakes are alike. We invite you to create snowflakes to decorate Sandy Hook School’s new home. Be creative! All colors and designs are welcome. We know that children will enjoy creating art that can adorn the walls of SHS’s new elementary school. CT PTSA has been contacted from schools across the state and this is a project we can all share. “Snowflake” drop boxes will be available at all schools or can be mailed to: Connecticut PTSA, 60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103, Hamden, CT 06514, by January 12, 2013.”
The other is a movement started on Twitter that has been tagged alternately #20acts and #26acts – basically, do a random act of kindness in honor of the 20 children who were killed, or 26 random acts of kindness in honor of the 26 children and educators who were killed.
Although I’d like to make an amendment to that: please consider doing #28acts. I can only imagine how much darkness there must have been inside this young man to have caused him to commit these killings. If anyone in the world needs our light, care, and love, it is people who are living with that level of hurt. Until we deal with their pain, the violence will continue. Doing an act of kindness on behalf of Adam Lanza – the kindness that he was apparently unable to do for himself – is one small way to bring light to a dark situation.
Today’s miracle: Finding a way to make a small difference from right where we are.