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WE NEED TO BE AWARE
Date posted - April 23, 2013
Today, one week after the senseless and cowardly attacks on our nation, we watch as families and others pay respect to the victims of this awful and horrific killing of the innocent. Our prayers go out for them.
It causes me to think about how times have changed. Changed from the carefree era of simply walking down a street with our kids and watching an event geared toward family. Of attending a ball game without fear of sending our kids to get a popcorn or soda. Having no fear that when your kids leave for school they will return home safe that afternoon. Of all things we should be safe at such an events. It makes me think of all the simple things we do as families that we really feel safe at or doing, yet may not be. Life is precious. We need to embrace those times with our loved ones. Times when we can spend that quality time, because we just don’t know in this era when someone who has no respect for the lives of innocent people, will cause great pain. Hug your spouse, your kids, those you love, tell your parents you love them.
All of this makes me think of teaching each other about AWARENESS. I was at a class where the instructor was trying to teach us about gun safety, and he spent a large amount of time going thru ideas and suggestions on how to make yourself more aware of your surroundings. (This op-ed is not about guns) We need to learn about how to be aware. Aware at all times! Each and every one of us needs to be vigilant in where we are, who is around us, what might happen to us. We also need to start instilling it in our kids. Not teach them fear, but to teach them how to recognize when something is not right. We need to “look-out” for each and every one around us. If we teach our kids and each other how to be aware of their surroundings and what ‘warnings’ they should look for, would we be able to stop some of the senseless killings? I don’t know. Will it be a start? I think so. Just as we teach our little ones to not go near a dog barking and straining on a tie out the size of a log chain, or that they should not go in a pasture with a cow and bull, or even when and where to cross the street. Those are the obvious; we need to teach them and each other the not so obvious! We need to teach them and each other a new meaning of staying safe. It is a sad day, but it is what we must do.
Let’s start to protect each other. Let’s be aware of the little things. It just may save many lives.