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my blog is normally dedicated to issues for girls and young women.  but this week i want to use it in service to those impacted by the Sandy Hook tragedy.

today is my last post on this issue.  where do we go from here?

this past week much of America and the world has been in shock over the terrible shootings that occurred at Sandy Hook elementary school.  those of us in the northeast have been especially torn apart. many of us have friends and family who live in newtown or attended the school.  we are tormented by the idea of trying to rise above what happened and it feels unthinkable to enjoy the holidays.

let us not forget that many of us in the northeast were also torn apart by super storm sandy.   storm sandy destroyed many homes, businesses and natural treasures in our neighborhoods.  we are still digging ourselves out of the mess that she left behind.  homes in new jersey, new york and perhaps even those in newtown still show the signs of how hard sandy hit our shores.

the two sandy’s were unexpected, unimaginable  and are still haunting our memories.   we are doing our best to figure out how we will go on…

and still we must.  come together, lean on each other and find uplifting messages to keep us going.  

that’s what happened to me last week when i was on vacation.  in a beautiful island with amazing beaches and crystal clear water there was a couple that seemed to be magically in love. they had a smile on their faces each day, a glistening in their eyes, lots of laughter and taking full advantage of all sights and fun.  i couldn’t help but ask if they were celebrating an anniversary or on their honeymoon. their response has stayed with me, especially given all that has happened this past week.

you see this couple decided to leave new york for a while after their home was destroyed by super storm sandy. they had almost nothing left of the place they lived with so many memories.  instead of staying in a state of misery, they decided to celebrate what they had.  they packed their bags and took a trip to find inspiration and renewal.   there weren’t trying to escape their problems. in fact they told me that each day they were on the phone with fema and contractors trying to get stuff done.  but in between the phone calls and waiting they decided to make the most of life, find peace and joy.

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this holiday season both sandy’s have left many people feeling sad, angry and pessimistic about life and our world.  let my vacationing couple be a guide to us all. don’t let the darkness draw you in.  find something that you can hold onto that will give you happiness while you try to get through the challenge.   we all can’t get away on a fancy trip but all it takes is a small step. yesterday while everyone was responding in disbelief to the NRA press conference.  i baked cookies while listening to holiday music.  it was such a joy.  find that small (or BIG) something that will inspire you to happiness.

we must refuse to let those sandy girls win.

 

today i’ve been reading a lot of emails, twitter posts and fb messages about Thanksgiving. it’s that time of the year that we set aside to think about gratitude.  this year i’m switching it up and saying thanks but no thanks to a few things…

1- no thank you to putting up holiday lights until everyone who was impacted by super storm sandy gets their power back.  how insane do i look using all that extra energy when there are still people in NYC who can’t take a warm shower, read a good book at night or charge their cell phones in the convenience of their own homes because they still don’t have electricity!

2- no way, jose to the black friday sales that have crept into thursday! my disdain for this madness all started with those long lines at midnight, followed by the crazy stampedes when they open the doors. but when i saw a commercial this week for sales on thursday afternoon i just shut it down. i am not interested in tossing away family values, time to give back to the community and an extra slice of pecan pie in exchange for maxing out my mastercard at the mall!

3- talk to the hand if you’re using thanksgiving as the one and only time to count your blessings. this year has been such a life altering experience, as i’m going through an internal growth process that is teaching me how much more i have to learn about life. one thing i’m finally starting to understand is the importance of giving thanks every single day! through the good and the not so good looking days and so should you.

thanksgiving is not just a holiday; it’s a way of life! what you do on this day, should be done everyday (except that extra plate of mac and cheese!)


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