Friday December 14, 2012 will forever be etched in my mind as one of the most horrific days to befall us all. Out of 26 people killed in the shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, 20 of them were children. 6, 7, 8 year old children. My daughter is 6 years old. It hits far too close to home.
How do you recover from something like that? How do you begin to heal from losing a child? I can’t even fathom. I’ve been a mess as of late. Crying at the drop of a hat, hugging my children tighter than ever before and not wanting to let them go. After reading Victoria Pozner’s tribute to her son Noah, I just lost it. Such a beautiful woman and what an incredible boy her son was. Now multiply that by 20.
I was not directly affected by this tragedy, yet I have found it incredibly difficult to concentrate on my work and get things done. I’ve been racking my brain trying to figure out a way to do something – anything. But what can you do?
Ann Curry is the kind soul who came up with something we can all do to help. I first saw this come up on my Facebook wall yesterday when my friend Elina Furman from A-List Mom posted this. This morning while scrolling through my Instagram feed, I saw that my friend Kate from The Shopping Mama posted her 18th random act and in this morning’s Facebook feed, Hollie Schultz from The Baby Gizmo Company‘s photo popped up (totally stealing her doughnut idea btw).
I encourage you to join me. Search through Twitter or Instagram using the tag #26acts or #20acts to get inspired and see what others are doing. Visit 26 Acts on Facebook for even more inspiration. I guarantee this will give you more joy than those receiving your kindness.
And please. Hug your children tight. Don’t take your days for granted and let all the little things go. It’s not worth it. Life is way too short.