The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in CT was (ANOTHER) horrible and extremely heart breaking event for our country. When horrific and tragic events such as these occur they evoke a variety of overwhelming emotions including disbelief, anger, heartbreak, and intense grief.

These events also create an outpouring of incredible love, compassion, a sense of community and a very strong connectedness. It is my dream that instead of only coming together when horrible horrific events happen this would be felt every day!

What if…… we hold the memory of the innocent and beautiful children and these heroic adults in our hearts every day…. and have their lives serve as a reminder to use the feelings of togetherness we feel today to continue an ongoing connection with one another?

What if….. we value and cherish every moment of the lives of every child?

What if….. we recognize the dedicated, caring educators and the other numerous committed professionals who are doing heroic acts to make a positive difference for children every day?

What if…. we use all of the research we have that demonstrates the consistent love, safety, nurturing, play, nutrition, predictability and attention children need to help develop healthy brains right from birth?

What if…. we better recognize and support those who are suffering as an open-minded and caring community?

What if…. we felt this wonderful sense of connection with each other

What if…. we just continuously and warmly hold in our hearts the feelings of coming together… rather then only when a tragedy occurs?

With heartfelt thanks to everyone that is making a positive differencein meaningful ways every day!
Deborah McNelis
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