And I will give you a new heart with new and right desires,
And I will put a new spirit in you.
Kind, personal regards,
Dear Family and Friends,
On December 14, 2012, America was united in grief by the events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the village of Sandy Hook in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty children, aged 6 and 7, and six adult staff members were gunned down en masse by a local man in an unexplained and unprecedented attack in our country. It is also believed that this madman had shot and killed his own mother just before carrying out this horrific massacre. The police reported that the gunman took his own life as law enforcement officers approached him.
To say that we are living in very troubling times is an understatement. Has anyone in our country not been touched by the horror of Sandy Hook? Who can measure the impending fear in the hearts of parents and grandparents as they see their children and grandchildren off to school, wondering whether they will return home safely. So many of us are hurting, I believe, from the moral decay we are witnessing day after day, year after year. We simply must stop the madness and find a better way to live individually and collectively. My love for and professional work with children, adolescents and their families is why I developed the concept expressed as My Button-Eyed Spiritual Flock®. It is my belief that “we grown-ups” desperately need to restore kind into humankind so children everywhere will have positive role models to emulate. The buck does stop with us.
More than ever, at any time in the history of our world, it is essential for each of us to be accountable, as well as vigilant, regarding the tendencies of our own thoughts, attitudes, emotions, behaviors and relationships. We must be willing to take that daily eighteen inch walk from our head to our heart and to be sure head and heart are connected. Why? Because this connection is vital to the outcome of how we interact with ourselves, with others, with all forms of life, and with our Planet Earth. Kindness is required to live in the Circle of Positive Tendencies. One at a time or two by two, with head and heart connected, we must create a better way, a better life; a better society; a better legacy. Let us pray that our children will grow up to reap the benefits of our positive efforts and positive actions and that they will likewise, pass them on to their children and grandchildren. Imagine, with me, what types of societies could be built if the Circle of Positive Tendencies were the model and the blueprint for each family. Without a doubt, we would and could create a kinder world, individually and collectively. We owe such an effort to our children, as well as to the memory of those 20 children and 6 staff members from Sandy Hook who spent their Christmas of 2012 and will spend their Easter of 2013 as angels in Heaven. Let us recall the wisdom of Heller Keller who said, “I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do." I invite each of you to please join me in restoring kind into humankind as one solution to preventing another Sandy Hook from ever happening again. Just imagine that... if you will.
I will give you a new heart
with new and right desires, and
I will put a new spirit in you."
-- Ezekiel 36:26