“So sudden loss causes us to look backward -– but it also forces us to look forward; to reflect on the present and the future, on the manner in which we live our lives and nurture our relationships with those who are still with us.
We may ask ourselves if we’ve shown enough kindness and generosity and compassion to the people in our lives. Perhaps we question whether we’re doing right by our children, or our community, whether our priorities are in order.
We recognize our own mortality, and we are reminded that in the fleeting time we have on this Earth, what matters is not wealth, or status, or power, or fame -– but rather, how well we have loved –and what small part we have played in making the lives of other people better.
The only thing you needed to read this week was President Obama’s speech at the memorial service for the victims of the shooting in Tucson, Arizona.
– during his speech President Obama told the audience that Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who he had visited earlier in the day, had opened her eyes in for the first time. Two of her friends, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, talked about what it was like to be there for that moment;
– historian Gary Wills compares Obama to Lincoln and Henry V;
– a reader of The Daily Dish :
“no cross-hair or brandished gun can stop the power of love and hope, no bullet can defeat the strength of the human spirit to open its eyes, there is no hate that cannot be washed away by rain puddles”