With one year coming to a close and another on the horizon, I prepare for reflections and resolutions.
This is a time when blogs, websites, newspapers, and radio and television news programs are inundated with recaps of the year. As well as predictions for the year ahead. Who did what, who didn't do whatever, who will do something...who divorced, who cheated, who died, who had babies. Which tragic event was worse than the others. The entertainment industry -- including movies, music, theater, and television -- gear up for an endless parade of tiresome award shows.
The news conglomerates talk of nothing else except what has happened over the last twelve months (unless, of course, another tragic, traumatic event happens during this time)
It's a constant barrage of information about people and our surrounding world that is so often too much to assimilate.
Meanwhile, my goals and resolutions for 2013 are many. Some the same as in years past, some new and different. I have moved to a new town -- actually it's the town I lived in as a child -- and I'm finally ready to embrace the next stage of my life. I feel like a cat with many lives, and hope my new challenges will be exciting and fulfilling.
Not often do I climb onto my soapbox and speak of world events. Today I'm compelled. Now is a time where all people need to ask why.
Why does this happen and how can we stop it from happening again?
In the aftermath of of an unspeakable act of violence in Newtown, CT, which happened only a couple of days after a tragic mall shooting in Oregon, and eleven days before the Christmas holiday, I can only feel horrific shock and incredible sadness for all the precious children and adults killed.
Murdered in a senseless act that we in our world can not and should not have to comprehend.
My thoughts and prayers go out to all the innocent, young lives lost for no reason other than a troubled man made a conscious choice to force his sick rage on so many blameless people. I feel immense sadness for all the parents, grandparents, siblings, relatives, and multitude of friends of all the victims.
And for all the people of Newtown affected by this tragic, senseless act.
As so many have asked, so many times before...why?
Why does one human inflict pain on another? Why are we not safe in an elementary school? Or any school? Or anywhere?
In the past few years, there have been random acts of violence far too often. Shootings have occurred in every level of school -- universities, high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools. Innocent people have been attacked with guns in restaurants, malls, movie theaters, churches, summer camps, political rallies, state and national parks, beauty salons, street corners, while driving in cars, and in our own homes.
We live in a free country and with that freedom comes enormous risk. There is no way to keep everyone safe all the time. We worry and we hope our family and friends will be safe from all danger, so we work hard to make it happen.
There are so many factors why these violent acts keep happening, however for now, I simply say stay safe and hug your loved ones.