28 Days for Newtown.

For 28 days, let the only words that leave your mouth or your keyboard be kind, compassionate and uplifting.

For 28 days, if you cannot say something good, do not say anything at all.

For 28 days, trade your sarcasm for sincerity.  Give up snark for levity.  Quit pontificating and start communicating. Listen to each other.  Love one another.  Edify and encourage.

For 28 days, surrender your own need to be right, to have the last word, to feel sharp and witty.  Because your words do more damage than you realize.

For 28 days remember that anger is what caused the death of the child you honor.  The only way to make it right is to live with love.

For 28 days, remember and honor a victim of the tragedy at the elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012.

For 28 days, do your part in making sure this never happens again.

It doesn’t matter what day it is, your 28 days can Start Now

Maybe you are wondering why on earth we would tackle 28 days instead of just 26. After all, there were 26 children and teachers killed at Sandy Hook elementary school. Why would we include the killer and his mother in this? I will give you more on that later. But for now know that we include them because they are the hardest. Their memories force us to contend with the hurt and the pain that exists in our communities. Thinking of them, we have to face ourselves and acknowledge that we are a broken world. Fortunately, as someone tweeted (sorry I will give credit when I have a chance to track down who said it!!!) a few days ago, “The world is as broken as it is beautiful.” And it IS beautiful. It is up to us to help the Adam Lanza’s of our world see it and experience and love it and value it as we do. The two extra days will be the hardest, but the most important if we are to truly heal as a country.

So, whether you want to do 26 acts of kindness or 28 days for newtown #26Acts and #28DaysForNewtown are very nearly the same thing. They require us to recognize that it is not all about us. Let’s keep the kindness flowing!!