In this time of vulnerability and uncertainty, it is so easy for my mind to slip into a place of constant fear.  A place of feeling overwhelmed by how little control I have over this world, over my safety – or worse -over my children’s safety.

Helplessness is a terrifying feeling.

To keep myself from slipping too far down that hole, I like to remind myself of what I can do.

I can make sure that my home is a haven.  I can make it a place where my children will not see, hear, touch, or feel violence.  Even when it is ever-present in their lives outside of these walls, it will not be found here.

And then, I can take that peace with me into the world.  I can be peaceful with my words and interactions.  Forget beeping my horn and speeding around the car that waited too long to change lanes.  Forget the office gossip.

With that, and more, I can bring smiles into a world that is filling with more tears.  I can do my part to be a helper.

Last, but certainly not least, I can love while I can, for as long as I can.  I know I’m not the only one for whom Newtown’s voice still rings loud and strong – I can do my part to ensure love wins.

This is a frightening time and it is easy to focus on all those things that are out of our control.  But we are not powerless.

Anything I should add to my list? What can you do?

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