One week has passed since the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Though we as a society may never understand the “why” behind what happened, we have had a week to go through the various emotions of anger, sadness, frustration, shock. One emotion many have embraced, thanks to the prodding from Ann Curry, is love. Thanks to Curry’s push for random acts of kindness via Twitter using the hash tag #26Acts, the country and even beyond, have reached out to do good for others…maybe friends, random strangers or even organizations. Just as Maya Angelou states, “When we know better, we do better.” This is so true…..when we know of what needs to be done, we do it and we feel great about it. I know when I do a nice gesture for others, my spirits are immediately lifted. Now, don’t get me wrong, I have loved hearing about the stories and following the tweets on Twitter….but what scares me is that these good deeds will have an expiration date. Think about this for a minute…September 11th, 2001 for example. Following that horrific tragedy, America became more, well American. We all went out and bought flags to fly outside our houses, we cherished our families and appeared more patriotic than ever. Why do we as Americans not sustain this need to do good all year? Why does it take a tragedy like the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting for us to commit ourselves to doing 26 acts like Ann Curry suggests? If you simply look around, there are ample opportunities to share your time and money year round….wouldn’t it feel great to have done a random act of kindness every day? This doesn’t have to involve money either. Soon, many will go back to our normal day-to-day activities taking care of ourselves and occasionally thinking of others. We don’t set out our days with the intention of “what can I do for someone else today?” Why not?
My hope is that this time around, our mindset changes. Wouldn’t it be a great way to honor the 26 children and adults who lost their lives just a week ago? Children eager to learn and make their mark on the world…adults who chose a profession not for the pay, but to make a difference. Let’s make them proud and continue that effort. One last note…many people no doubt have blogged and written on this topic but I would suggest you taking another minute to read my friend’s posting on taking responsibility and stepping up. Thanks, Carmen!
What will your #26Acts be? We have today…make it count.
“I’m in” in Norman