The horrific event this week here in Texas has no doubt, rocked each and every one of us. We have children and grandchildren, and we know teachers, principals, and staff members in all of our communities. This kind of event touches all of us.
As a current school board trustee in my little Texas town, having a 4th-grade son in school, and as a former teacher, my knees buckled when I began hearing about this event. My thoughts of the teacher who was killed flood my mind knowing the position she was in as she valiantly shielded her students.
There are no answers to this kind of evil. This community will never be the same. The surviving students and teachers will be scarred emotionally and deeply.
What can we do as a nation? Well first, we can pray for this small community. And yes, prayer is essential. I had one of our fellow AR members post a comment on my FB page that said, "enough praying"! Well, I disagree. Prayer supersedes all time and space and it is something that is the only soothing balm many of us can turn to in times like this.
These kinds of shocking events rock our world. They affect people differently. I know that I have felt numb and exhausted these past few days. So how do we move forward? Here are a few heartfelt thoughts:
1. Love more! Show love every day to those around you. SMILE big! Open doors for others, pay it forward in a small way and offer a kind word to others.
2. Offer more kindness. Be kind with your words, show patience, and put yourself in someone else's situation as we never know what they are going through, by simply listening to another is a great way to show kindness.
3. Take care of yourself. Remember to not get so focused on the tragedies of this world that you forget to eat right, rest, take a walk, read a book, call a friend, or take a moment to just breathe.
May you all navigate these times leaning into one another. Blessings to you all. May you continue to fully LIV2DAY!