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The Holiday season can be stress-filled because of expectations, obligations, consumerism, shoulds and oughts. Whether your celebrations and beliefs are secular or religious, there is an impact.

In this time of gloom and sadness, we need a huge sprinkling of love to bring light into our midst, and to lift our spirits.

The World has not ended – yet – so we have work to do. Hurts to mend. Wrongs to right. Forgiveness of ourselves and others. Actions to take.

Today, as I write, I mention 27 names:

Charlotte, Daniel, Olivia, Josephine, Ana, Dylan, Madeline, Catherine, Chase, Jessie, James, Grace, Emilie, Jack, Noah, Caroline, Jessica, Avielle, Benjamin, Allison, Rachel, Dawn, Nancy, Anne, Lauren, Mary, Victoria

These names are important because in giving a name, instead of a number, means they are (were) a person. They matter. These are the people who lost their lives in Newtown, Connecticut a week ago. Calling them by name, keeps their spirits alive.

Is this tragedy more horrific than other tragedies?

Yes, and no. It depends which side of the fence you’re on. Yes, we do take sides. We have perspectives, judgments, prejudices. We pontificate.

I believe, there will be other tragedies. Other lives lost senselessly. More outrage. More anger. More sadness.

And yes, more love, more joy, more laughter. Hope keeps us alive!

If I had just lost one of my grand children (and I will mention their names because they matter very much – to me and my family): Senay, Malik, Fiyah, Isis, Omega, Pharoah, Saba – I would be saddened and outraged and angered, but in a different way. The loss would be more personal to me and my immediate family and friends.


There would likely be an outpouring of sympathy and condolences. And life would continue on. Our lives are continuing, because it’s what we do. We go on. And we forget.

At our core, we humans are not violent. Our true nature, I believe, is love. If it takes an act of violence to connect our hearts, then we are the person who died. We are the person who pulled the trigger.

Transformation of energies, touch the human heart. We are somehow connected in the face of this tragedy.

I leave you to ponder the words of Martin Niemoller (1892-1984) A Protestant Pastor:

“First they came for the Socialists,
and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists,
and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me–
and there was no one left to speak for me.”

You can substitute Black, White, Hispanic, Asian, Muslim, Christian, Scientologist, Socialist, Capitalist, Gay, or any group you choose………

You get the meaning.

Are you willing to stand for Love, Peace, Compassion and Action so Your voice will be heard? Will Your action make a difference?

It’s the only way Shift Happens!