A million candles for Newtown

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Photo by http://www.flickr.com/photos/kapkap/

Words just don’t seem to fit the rage.

I try so many on for size, like fitting a puzzle

piece into an empty space.

I want to lean into these feelings

and draw a picture of the fears building inside of me.

But, I can’t. I can’t picture anything

but hurt and sadness.

So, in my head, I light a million candles, over and over,

hoping that will ease the pain for someone.

Just light.

Just kindness.

Just kindness to everyone — to those who least deserve it.

And then I imagine what our world would be like

if we all took kindness medicine and swallowed it.

And what if we chased that bad taste down with, say,

a dose of love for everyone, even those who least deserve it.

Just light.

Just kindness.


:: Now, let’s see if the Awesomely Awake Community will join me in donating to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund being administered by the United Way of Western Connecticut. Donate what you can and your donation will be a gift from this peaceful parenting community. Even just $1 will add up for these families. Please be generous, if you can. 

4 Responses to A million candles for Newtown

  1. […] to those who need it most.  If you would like to help the families and community please visit Awesomely Awake to make a financial donation.  Shawn who writes this beautiful blog has put up a lovely post with […]

  2. Thank you for writing this Shawn and for giving us all an easy way to help out during this incredibly sad time. I linked up to this article from my blog and hope that some more support will find it’s way to Sandy Hook. Blessings and love to you.

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