It goes deeper than a prayer. However, a prayer is the start to hope, faith, and healing. Historically, we respond to tragedy in the aftermath and not as trailblazers to the forefront of prevention. Not because the mass majority do not care. Not because these prolific illnesses and the potential for violence, chaos, and destruction do not matter- but because we are human; we are flawed; we are uninformed. We are at the mercy of our limitations more often than not.
There is nothing more tragic than being blindsided by unjust cause. The inability to see what is to come in our lives is one thing, but the inability to change outcomes that have passed is devastating. Personally, in the grand scheme of everyday life, I take for granted that I am walking forward in a life that many never got to see. That is heartbreaking. And, it is not for lack of compassion, thankfulness, and acknowledgment of life’s blessing, but because I- like many- take for granted the power of evilness in the world. Evil is dark and silent, until it is loud and furious.
I am an educator. I am someone who much of the world sends their children to believing they are safe in my hands and the hands of my fellow colleagues. And, every time these horrific events plague our history, I remember that there is no day or time I can take for granted my role as an educator and my role as a human being to be more than average; superior to the norm of protecting the children that are sent to be apart of my care. My hope is that we [our all] rise together to protect children, educators, people- victims who become targets of mental health issues. This is not a new plague in our history.
Today, it is a heavy burden and an honor to serve children. I speak very little about this part of my career in the social media realm, not because it is not an honor, but because it is a sacred honor. The limelight, for me, is bestowed to all the amazing moments and accomplishments of students I have had the pleasure to witness over a decade in the profession of education. And while there have been moments of student tragedies in my career, the ache never feels ordinary. It never should.
It is deeper than a prayer. It is a prayer with actions, and towards outcomes that leave the hero being everyone that should be standing in these hideous acts- still standing. I cannot just pray for the victims of the recent events. It is not enough. It is deeper than a prayer. So, I pray as we move forward we take the word of our prayers and bring them forth to actions, so that we can change the plague of our history for once. And, hopefully, for all.
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