Not Easy

17 Dec

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This past weekend has been extremely emotional. Last Friday I was sitting in a Chicago airport coming home from a work meeting when I heard the news of the Connecticut school shooting which killed 20 young children and 6 adults. I sat there crying along with the other adults hearing and seeing the news for the first time. All eyes were on the television screen and as I looked around I saw people crying, shaking their head, calling home. All I could think of was my family and coming home. It was horrific. Saturday, all teams at my son’s high school from Freshman boys, to JV and Varsity boys and girls played basketball against a rival high school to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. All team members on both teams had a special jersey and the name on the back was the name of someone who lost, is fighting, or has beaten cancer. My son’s jersey said ‘mom’ on the back. I couldn’t be more proud as he made an early and lasting impact on his game which they won by over 30 points. Sunday morning I ran in another 5K with some friends. I have been struggling with my breathing for the last month or so (because of the constant change of weather I think) so I knew the run would be a challenge; I wasn’t wrong. I knew within the first 30 seconds that this race would be the most difficult so far. I reconsidered doing it just the day before as I struggled with my breathing that night, but I went anyway. Why? Because I had breath in my lungs and because I could. I thought about those kids from the shooting, their families, the holidays, the presents waiting for them; I thought about the cancer game and the names on everyone’s jerseys including mine, and I had to run. run3Life is fleeting and you just never know the time or the place. Sunday afternoon my family went to see The Hobbit at the movie theater. As I sat in the crowded theater I had a fleeting thought of a gunman opening fire that I had to quickly dismiss. FAITH OVER FEAR. We cannot live in fear, I refuse!

There has been a call to action in social media to do 26 Random Acts of Kindness for the 26 lives that were cut short last Friday. Why just 26?  This is what I’ve been talking about, this is what my blog is about, this is what I am passionate about. EVERYBODY MATTERS! Why can’t there be an act of kindness daily, hourly, every minute??  We are not hobbits and life is not easy. Everyday we are with people, people with stories, people with heartache, people who we may need ourselves. Make each moment count…love God and love others! Don’t stop reaching out, open yourselves up. We need each other.

Today I wear Philosophy lip gloss in Thank You. It is a sheer raspberry color that only comes in a set. I chose it because Philosophy lipglosses are yummy and this is no exception. I mainly chose it for the name…thank you all for being a part of  my life!

7 Responses to “Not Easy”

  1. angeg2003 December 17, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

    I agree Anna why stop at 26 random acts of kindness, even a smile when someone is having a bad day is an act of kindness, I believe in doing unto others, because just one act of kindness will create a chain that will continue throughout that persons day.

  2. Pat yeakey December 18, 2012 at 12:06 am #

    So very well said, Anna. Trusting that God, our Father, will bless you and your precious family this holiday season. Merry Christmas to you!
    Love, Pat

  3. Jo December 18, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

    28 people died and 28 acts of kindness will not make much difference, but it will not hurt and we may find ourselves just a little stronger and just a little happier for commuting to kindness. Love this post. You run girlfriend!

  4. Joyce December 20, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

    This truly was a horrific event. Any act of kindness is always welcome, but unfortunately it will not undo the damage that was done.

  5. anne-writersspace December 21, 2012 at 11:15 am #

    You’re right… everyone matters. Christmas is a very good
    season to send everyone we meet and not just 26, a little bit of
    kindness on their way.

  6. Jo Heroux December 22, 2012 at 9:52 pm #

    I am so proud of how you maintain your drive though you want to stop. I admire your strength and determination as you teach your kids how life should be lived.

    • Anna December 25, 2012 at 7:25 pm #

      Thank you Jo! Thank you for always supporting me! Love you, Merry Christmas!

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