Sandy Hook – December 14, 2012

Imagination, like anger, can be used for great good or evil. We must find ways to encourage the former.

We must each look in the mirror and ask ourselves if we've done all that we could, today, to make this a better world.

If you want to make a difference, support mental health research. Keep the victim's name closet to your own in your memory is long as you possibly can. Put it in your calendar and post a BD greeting to them for years to come. Who knows where this statue is located and why? God in schools or gun-control won't fix our issues until we become -- each of us -- more compassionate.  It is said of Abraham Lincoln, "I don't like that man. I must get to know him better."  May we all learn such wisdom!

Teachers are heroes every day!  And to take this point further, the same is true for all professionals who work directly with the public, whether they be in politics, law enforcement, soldiers, firefighters and, yes, health care workers. Professionals do the right thing without weighing the personal costs. That is the essence of what separates a career from a job; a pro from all others. They do the right thing, not because they are paid, but because their careers and commitment are part of their very soul.

For many more than the 20 who died yesterday, their world has shattered and their lives will remain forever changed.  There will always bee good and evil.  I pray the fond memories and joy those that lost their lives wil nourish those who most keenly knew them and mitigate their loss. Even more, that we each  seek to implement these words that hung on my college dorm room for all 4 years:

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.


-       Max Ehrmann (1872–1945)  Desiderata

--TWS 12/15/12