This is my family. My heart feels like it is on fire when I look at this picture. We’re all beaming with happiness, we’re healthy, and we’re safe.
But its hard to feel safe all the time. Especially right now. I’m sitting here typing and I don’t really even have the ability to put into words the pain and the anxiety and the sadness I’m feeling. I probably don’t have to even mention it, you all know what I’m talking about, but the tragedies that happened in Orlando over the weekend have shook me to the core once again.
I had an especially potent conversation with one of my girlfriends. We both have young children, and these horrific acts of humanity have shaken us up and are making us wonder what kind of world did we bring them into? Heavy stuff, but so real. It’s hard not to think of the world we’re living in and what we want it to be when we just brought a brand new soul into this time.
But I think there is a big reason we have our children here (and we’re here) at this very time. We’re light bringers.
We can’t banish this darkness without light. We can’t run from it or never leave our homes again. But we can stand up, speak up, and light up each other’s lives. But this takes bravery, and deep strength. Sometimes it feels hard to carry on with all the despair, hopelessness, anxiety, and depression that runs rampant through the world we see everyday.
Light comes in many forms — a smile, a kind word or even just a silent thought or prayer, a hug, reaching out to those who need it (and those who may not), walking your talk, treating yourself with loving kindness.
This creation of this light starts in our heart and flows into our home. Cultivate the light in your family. The change we so desperately seek (acceptance, understanding, LOVE) starts so simply in our homes through the words and actions that we choose. Your little ones are watching. Choose your words and actions with kindness, joy, and wholeness when you can. Let our little ones find their light and keep on their way of becoming the greatest generation of love.
Peace to you all during this time.