It was Valentine’s day when i was taking pictures of my daughter after we did our errands , then we went to her pre-school’s Valentine’s day party. After the party, i picked up my son from his classroom. It was a great day, even though it was cold. It was nice and sunny. When we went home, my husband told me about the shooting that happened in Parkland Florida High School. As a mom with school aged kids , i got really affected with the devastating and horrible news. I mean anybody would be, it doesn’t matter if you’re a parent or not. It’s such a heartless and inhumane act. I’m sure my post is nothing new to you, everything is being said all over social media platforms. But since the incident, it’s whats all in my mind the whole weekend . It makes me weak reading and listening to all the news. I was grieving too but most of all, i am afraid. Now, i’m thinking of homeschooling my kids. But that is something that me and my husband will have to think through more about it. My kids go to a school with small class sizes, where everybody knows everybody and pretty much everybody’s family. As far as i know they have cameras and security systems but it still bothers me somehow because i’m a parent. We will do anything for our kids. So I signed up this petition for Gun control and i encourage you to do the same too. Owning firearms shouldn’t be easy and have to go through an extensive mental and background check. They should increase the age limit as well. Most of all we should watch over our kids and raise them as good and compassionate human beings. I believe that everything starts at home. That empathy for that matter should start at home. It’s not just we say, “Be kind to everyone and don’t bully.” but we need to show our children what it means to accept others. We also need to teach our children on how to act or deal on disagreements instead of rushing to insult or physically hurt people. It starts by setting an example of the way we act and the way we say things on certain situations, of how we speak our minds without being disrespectful. All these is easier said than done because we are not perfect but we have to keep on trying to re evaluate ourselves and our actions because we are our kids greatest influence. I wanted to share this poem from Charles Swindoll that hits me home. It reminds me that we have choice on how we want to live our life base on how we react to certain events of our life. It’s not about what life has given us but it’s how we react upon it.
by: Charles Swindoll
The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.
Attitude, to me is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do.It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company …a church …a home.The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.
We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude .I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you …we are in charge of our attitudes.
Empathy and good attitude goes hand in hand and should start at home.