There always moments in life that define each of us. A moment when we decide, we can’t just sit back and do our normal… go to work, run to the grocery store, put the kids to bed, fold laundry, watch TV, read a book and check out social media kind of life. Yes, we will continue doing all those things (and enjoying them… well, maybe not that laundry thing) but we feel compelled to do more.
It might be the March of Dimes or cancer research or adopting a foster child or collecting toys for the homeless or simply paying for a stranger’s coffee at Starbucks. Moments that make us want to make this a kinder, gentler world.
For me that moment was Sandy Hook.
I remember sitting in the parking lot at Trader Joe’s and listening to my car radio in disbelief. 20 children? That couldn’t possibly be true. As a mother, I felt broken for those families. And horror that I live in a country where the mentally ill, people on terror watch lists and people who can’t pass a standard background check… can still find ways to buy a gun. Easily. And legislators that would rather accept money, than stand up and do the right thing.
As someone who has had my own violent encounter with gun violence and who has watched in anger as shootings have happened all over our country, I am compelled to do more.
Over the weekend, I (along with 3 of my kids) took part in walks organized by Moms Demand Action to end gun violence in this country. More than ten thousand people attended over 100 walks in 43 states.
As former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords (who suffered a serious brain injury from gun violence) tweeted, we honor the victims of Sandy Hook with action.
We all have our callings. Something that stirs us to act and create more love and light in this world.
So I ask you on the 3rd anniversary of Sandy Hook to honor those children who never had a chance to grow and discover their callings. I ask you to honor them by taking your passion, your commitment and go out and begin changing this world.