In these turbulent times with Mother Nature wreaking havoc over the land and violence erupting throughout the world, it’s important to remember what matters most to us all. Though it’s not easy, we ought to step back from the chaos in our lives and take a breath. Actually pick up your cell phone and make a call just to tell someone you love them. And no, sending a text doesn’t count. Speak the words in your heart and hear the other’s response.
We shouldn’t just reach out to friends family and strangers around the holidays but throughout the year. These are folks you rarely see. Like that 90-year-old Great Aunt or Uncle who’s never said a kind word in your presence. Or that friend who you attended school with you haven’t seen in years. Even the homeless stranger deserves warmth and comfort around the holidays. No one should be alone or go unforgotten.
There are folks who allow us to live our lives without worry or concern. We should be grateful to the brave men, women and K9’s who take to the streets each day to ensure our safety. With all the tragic and fatal interactions between police officers and civilians, we can’t forget how for some, the holidays this year won’t be warm and cozy.
The first year of celebrations after losing a loved one can be the toughest to bear. The loss of this dear person is felt differently by everyone affected by their death; some find the passage of time helps in the healing process. While others, like immediate family, are irrevocably changed.
We’ve all experienced losing someone we love. And though they are no longer with us physically, they remain in our hearts, minds, and memories.
Two police officers decided to memorialize their fellow officers who lost their lives in the line of duty in one of the most beautiful ways possible. They posted photos of a tree decorated with blue and silver lights.
As they moved closer to this magnificent tree, the two officers noticed the names of all the fallen officers along with their K9’s written on the ornaments. Now, all the officers who were lost in the line of duty in 2016 will remain in the hearts and minds of all those who have seen the photo.
The photo, which was first shared on December 9 of 2016 has been shared seventy thousand times and liked by over one hundred and fifty thousand people. Love is all that matters in this harsh world where sometimes, it feels like kindness, support and goodness are challenging to come across.
Let’s not forget all of those who put their lives on the line so that we might all enjoy our freedoms, holidays and each other. Like the movie Pay It Forward, what if we did one kind deed every day for the rest of our lives? Wouldn’t this bring about a fantastic shift in the world?