This post promises to be different. As I sit down to write this I'm not entirely sure which direction it will take, but I feel a very strong NEED to write it. While almost all of my previous posts are centered around the sharing of knowledge, mostly on the subject of social media, this one won't be. All I can say, before getting into the meat of what I want to say, is that when it comes to social marketing, it's almost always a good thing to let people know the real you. This, is the real me.
Friday, December the 14th, 2012 the boogeyman, armed with 3 guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition walked into Sandy Hook elementary school and opened fire on innocent children and adults, of the former, 20 lost their lives, even before they started.
Most people who know me know that I'm pretty stoic. I'm not an emotional person. I do love life and I show it but I'm not one to get teary eyed, not much "bothers" me. This horrific act of violence did in fact, bother me. The day of and the weekend that followed was very distracted for me as I found it hard to focus on my work. All I could think about were the innocent children, with thoughts of Christmas morning on their minds, being murdered.
I'm not ashamed to say that as I write this I'm fighting back tears as I think of my own children. I don't get into it much but my wife and I were foster parents for almost 7 years with 74 children living in our home at one point or another. We've adopted 3 beautiful children with others that we still, after all these years, consider our own. In fact, we flew in 2 of them for Christmas this year, arriving just last night. I said all that to say that children are precious, they are the future and when they are taken from us, a piece of our future goes with them.
I'm a Christian and as such I refuse to be bitter toward God, asking him why He let something like this happen. If you're a believer then you understand it wasn't Gods doing, but the evil within man. I've heard the question asked, then why didn't God stop it from happening? I don't claim to know what Gods motives are but I can't help but think that growing up in Heaven is better than growing up in a world full of people that have no issues with taking the lives of innocent children.
I don't think anybody would argue that our country isn't the greatest it's ever been. There has been and continues to be a decline and even though I love my country and would live no place else, I yearn to be on the rise again. But how can that happen when there are people who put an end to our future before they have even had the chance to grow up?
I don't know what the solution is but as a parent I can't help but feel that it is our fault. If each one of us spent the time to sweep off our own front porch before worrying about the front porch of others I think our country would be in a much better place. As a parent, it is our jobs to ensure that our children understand that they are to leave the world around them a better place than when they entered it then, and only then, I feel that things would start to get better.
I do put a lot on us parents, our children are learning from the world instead of us, this past Friday we saw firsthand what the world is all about. Do you really want the world to teach our children? I think I know the answer, but then I ask the question, "Then why are you not teaching your children to love others? To do what must be done to leave the world a better place. Why aren't you teaching your children to lend a helping hand whenever it is needed? Why aren't you teaching your children to put others first? Why, why, why?"
I'm not trying to preach at you here, I'm not perfect but I do try to teach my own children about the evils of the world, of our country, and what they can do to help bring love for others back into it. There is no room for hate of any kind, as is there is no room for indifference. I'm a firm believer that you can't stand in the middle on this. You can't just sit back and watch it go by, each one of us has a role in the future. I leave you with these two questions:
"What is your role in the future?" and,
"What is your role in teaching your children how to love, respect and help others?"