My walks have been short and infrequent ... a fact that was frustrating me. One walk this month the fog of the afternoon was heavy. But the beauty of the fog provided a gentle and peaceful atmosphere. A lovely personal space in a busy day.
My thoughts focused on slowing of life, enjoying the moment, simplifying the frantic noise of too much in too little time. My pace was more of a stroll. I visited the water's edge frequently to listen to the silence. Somehow the time spent thinking seemed more important than how many steps I was taking or how quickly I made it around the lake.
Life goes on.
Then the inconceivable happened. The violent slaughter of innocent children. Newtown, Connecticut sounds like a quaint New England town where only good things happen. A town that is a peaceful as the lake pictured above ... and yet this month, it was a horror - worse than any hurricane or earthquake.
My thoughts were in a turmoil once again ... sorrow for the families and this town, and sorry for us as a society. Somehow these children who lived hundreds of miles away from my town ... these children felt like our children, my children. Words were useless. Actions ineffective. Disillusion that anything could change this now or in the future.
And then I heard on TV that Newtown has been flooded with requests for a town address. Citizens around the country were seeking a way to send personal messages to the members of this town, our town, to let them know of the sorrow that we all share with them.
I am not sending Christmas cards this year, but I will be sending a note to this town, our town, so that they know - "You are not alone. We are in deep sorrow with you. We are all citizens of Newtown this day."
If you care to send condolences to our neighbors in Newtown, follow the link below to get more information. The address is listed below.
Peace my dear blog friends.
Slow down your time by not rushing the days.
Don't fret about what doesn't get done.
Love your family and your friends.
Take time to enjoy the moments of your life.
You never know
how many moments you have left.
Condolences to Newtown Connecticut
PO Box 3700,
Newtown, Connecticut 06470.