In the wake of the recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, we entered this holiday season with a heaviness in our hearts. We struggle to comprehend the incomprehensible and to fill a deep hole in our hearts that seems impossible to fill when thinking of the 26 innocent souls that we lost on December 14, 2012. Yet, we can emerge from this horrific moment in our history by focusing on the incredible acts of human kindness that we have seen following that terrible day.
When we see the heartbreaking images of those beautiful young children who were killed that day, we see in their smiling faces such joy, innocence and life. This reminds us all to notice those amazing qualities in our own children, in ourselves and in the people around us. We have heard the mourning parents speak about how blessed they feel to have had their beautiful children in their lives, even if only for a short time. Their words remind us all how important it is to stop and take a pause in our busy days to notice the richness of our own lives and the beauty of all that surounds us, and not wait until it is gone to fully appreciate all that we had. We are reminded to tell those we love how much we love them, to give our children an extra hug and kiss and to take the time each day to be fully present in our lives. We are reminded that life is too precious to be lived unaware of its beauty each day.