I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death. – Robert Fulghum
I can remember once telling a friend (someone I also thought of as a business partner) that I felt a deep knowing that I needed others to make my dreams happen. That, in essence, it takes a village to create change. I remember when I shared this with her it was met with dismay; and outright shock, as if it were a weakness. I can remember her feelings were that I didn’t need anyone else to create change, that I could do it alone, and how sad it was that I felt the way I did.
Looking back I know that I felt shame at that time. I felt a real weakness created in me because of her reaction. Of course this was my issue; how she felt about the subject doesn’t have anything to do with me. Well….other than the fact that it was about 2 weeks later that we dissolved our friendship and our partnership (if indeed there ever was a real partnership). We definitely were/ are not compatible or of like mind. But that is how life happens; you weed out the people who you do not serve and who do not serve you.
I now know that this desire in me to have other people around me, people who I can collaborate with, is not a weakness; it is a strength! I am not afraid to let others shine for the good of the whole! I want to create change! And if it takes a village then please……lead me to the village!
Regarding the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.
I am grateful that we can come together at this time, when so many are hurting, to pray for strength, peace, and comfort. I can’t imagine what they are going through to lose someone to violence, especially children.
Our children go off to school everyday, we believe they are being kept safe only to have something like this happen. It is going to take a lot of prayer on our parts to help these families through this time of grief.
We can only stay submerged in these feelings of sympathy for their grief for so long. We need to let it go and pray for their strength. We need to create thoughts of clean while light going out to them….not the dark pain filled thoughts that we are undoubtedly having at initially hearing of this tragedy. They are going to have a hard enough time getting through, the least we can do is let go and send them beautiful hope filled thoughts and prayers.
I pray for them today, for their pain to subside somehow…..that is today. Tomorrow I will not only pray for them but I will pray for all of us that we can let go and send them the best that we have to help them make it through and to give them the strength they will need in the coming days, months, years…….
Love and Peace~Christine