Love and positivity.
My 11 year old stepson has an Instagram account. He was upstairs playing when he came down Friday night and asked "What happened to Paris? Why is everyone posting Pray for Paris?" I gave him the information I had at the time and he said he wanted to know more. He asked me if we had to be worried, like we were on 9/11.
I pulled up an article and let him read it. He's 11 and current events are discussed at school. I love the fact that he wants to know more and learn about our world. He was done reading it and said he wanted to read another one. So, I found another article from CNN and he read that too.
I watched him the whole time as his face looked concerned and he was very focused.
When he was done reading he told me that he didn't want to go anywhere that night. He said "we shouldn't go on any more vacations, and we definitely shouldn't go to Paris." I gave him my thoughts on the subject.
Unfortunately, we can't be prepared for these things. Scary things happen each and every day. Tragedy can strike at any minute and there isnt' anything we can do about it. There are sick people in this world who do awful things with no explanation. While we should always try and stay safe we can't stop living our life.
I believe that love prevails. Love will conquer all. I am convinced that there are way more people in this world filled with love, rather than hate. We can be the ones to continue to make this world a good place to live in. Our goverment leaders make the big decisions and govern our country how they deem appropriate, but we can attempt to be the positive change. Positivity and love are so important. It's crucial that we live each day to the fullest, and we only get one shot at this life. Each day should be lived with these 2 things at the forefront.
Everyone makes mistakes, and you may say something you shouldn't have. You may hurt someone's feelings. You may have slept too late or not excercised. You have a new start each day and choices to make. I don't think we should be afraid to live our lives though.
Inform your children, but reassure them that love is powerful. WE must continue to be the positive change that is needed. Every day you have a choice, live with love and make it worthwhile.
In no way am I downplaying the multiple tragedies, including the attack on Paris this past weekend. Please understand I am simply sharing what I intend to focus on and teach my family.
My prayers are with Paris and I personally cannot wait to hopefully someday experience the beauty of this city.
"Be the change that you wish to see in the world"- Ghandi.
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