Thursday, December 27, 2012

all I want this Christmas...

This was published in the Christian Science Monitor on December 22nd, and it's specifically about the kids in Newtown, Connecticut, but I think it goes further than that. 

We could all use a little bit more of innocence these days. And no, innocence does not equal ignorance. Ignorance is lack - lack of information, of knowledge, of understanding or wanting to understand, of empathy. Innocence is full; full of hope, and a faith in ourselves, in others, and in this world that rings clear and true. It is a firm belief that despite the darkness that feels as if it is growing, it is always light that is winning.




May the holidays - and the upcoming year - restore your innocence and cause it to light a fire that burns in your heart all year long.

- Tracy





8 comments:

kj said...

Ah Tracy, I keep thinking that even one match dispatches the darkness around it. Thank you for writing , posting this. We need to keep affirming what is possible; so much seems so wrong. I've listened to the NRA folks and many sound sincere in their beliefs that there is a worthy place in our society for guns; a chilling view that complicates
Because I think they enjoy their own experience with guns.

My SIL was telling me about miniature train hobbiests (white men) and how into it they are with their hats and collections, and I thought, yes, trains instead of guns....

I hope with you, Tracy. Complicated yes, but surely we know when enough is enough, even when other even well meaning folks may not

Happy new year, my happily married talented friend
xo love
kj

rosaria williams said...

Ah, to see the world with the eyes of the innocent, full of hope and promise and joy! Yes, Tracy, we can all use a bit more of innocence at this time and throughout the year.

Happy New Year!

JJ said...

The holidays can be tough. You just have to be tougher.

drollgirl said...

i am not sure what to write here. i can't say anything about that horrific event that hasn't already been said or thought.

an ex-boyfriend and i used to argue about good and evil. he worked in a tough industry and he had a grim outlook on humanity. he was suspicious, angry and paranoid, and it was no wonder because he dealt with some of the worst folks imaginable. i told him i thought most people were good. he thought most people were bad. i still like to think/hope that i am right. it is just that the bad ones sometimes wreak havoc on the good ones and can sometimes skew our perspective.

Red Shoes said...

Phoenix...

That horrible horrible news from Newton, Connecticut is just unspeakable.

Most gun owners are responsible and law abiding.

What upsets me is the evil that someone could commit like this... We have become a nasty society, we don't respect view points different from the ones that we as individuals adhere to.. it seems that once upon a time, we respected opposing view points even if they differed from our personal tenets.

Today, we cuss, yell, denigrate those that are opposite of us.

There are much much greater issues at play here...

... but I haven't been able to get that event out of my mind... those poor babies and families...

~shoes~

Anthony Duce said...

Very good. Completely agree.
Enjoy the holidays..

Robin said...

Yes. We just need more light. That is what darkness is... an absence of light.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

What an amazing blog Tracy!! May I become a follower? I kind of happened upon it just now and I am glad I did. Looks like we blog about very similar things :)

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