After 20 plus years of absorbing HATE crimes in the news, increasingly more frequent in the last decade, I was struggling with learning details about the Santa Fe shooting. Part of me wanted to look away, grateful it didn’t directly impact “my world,” and remain passive to yet another tragedy. Then I saw the photographs and names of the victims and absorbed what I already knew. These are people; people who LOVE and ARE LOVED; people who will be missed every single day by countless loved ones until the end of their days. They deserve my attention. They deserve to be remembered. They deserve to be honored. So I read. And I watched. And I cried. And I wondered how I'm supposed to raise my child in this world.
I thought about commenting on the gun debate, but in a time where opinions are so polarized, I felt adding to the divisiveness wouldn't generate LOVE. I’m not saying we shouldn’t scrutinize our current policies and advocate for change, but these are complex topics with valid arguments on all sides. My fear is, no matter what, HATE will find a way. Yet, in the same way I believe, LOVE can find a way as well. So, in my humble attempt to honor those who fell victim to HATE last Friday, I decided to spread a little LOVE.
I wasn't sure what I could do at first, but I couldn't shake the drive to do SOMETHING. So I figured I would start small. In the past few days I made a conscious effort to be extra kind to those I encountered in my daily life. Here's what's happened. I paid for the person behind me in the drive-thru, brought breakfast for the Daycare teachers, brought treats in for my co-workers, greeted people with a smile, held the door for people, gave compliments, and donated to Good Will. I also kissed my daughter 16 times, sang her 18 lullabies, and told her I loved her 21 times. In the grand scheme of things, what do these actions really amount to? I don't know. But LOVE can only spread if we plant the seeds.
What have you done lately to spread a little love? Please let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading!