Tuesday, December 18, 2012

One Life

I haven't been able to stop thinking about the tragic shooting that occurred in Newtown last Friday. My heart is so heavy for all of those families who lost loved ones. For everyone involved.
It just seems so hard to understand how something like this could happen.

I came across this photo on Facebook along with the following quote.




 "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of 'disaster,' I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers - so many caring people in this world." -- Mister Rogers


And I tell myself that what matters is remembering there are more good people in the world than not. There are people who love and care. People who will stand up for what is right and protect those who cannot protect themselves. And while it may seem that light has been dimmed for a bit, we need to hold onto the thought that we should not give in to the darkness. Because that is what the darkness wants. For us to turn our back on the light.

I was listening to "One" by U2 last night and the lyrics hit home with me again. And I thought of this layout I had created.

"One life with each other. Sisters, Brothers. One life but we're not the same. We have to carry each other. Carry each other"

And this is a time to carry each other. Lift each other up and hold tight to the goodness. God bless!

20 comments:

  1. A really beautiful post Mary Jo. It is so hard not to have a heavy heart, even as far away as I am, I have been overwhelmed by sadness at these tragic events. But you are so right, there are many more good people in the world than not. Your layout is beautiful and U2's song is such a good one. Hugs, Anne x

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  2. mary jo- i am with you on this- my heart is so sick and i can't stop thinking about it. but i loved your quote and so perfect! tfs this-- i am in love with your layout- how perfect

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  3. My mind and heart have been so heavy too. I can't get these poor families out of my mind. You found the perfect quotes/lyrics to help us remember there is good in the world. Thank you!

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  4. beautiful beautiful beautiful post - you have said it perfectly -- i loveeeeeeeee your lo! That U2 song is perfect and loving all the hearts!!

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  5. Love this post!! And your page is simply sweet!

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  6. What a wonderful quote and so true.

    I was crying last night as our news showed the first 2 funerals...oh what those poor families must be going through. DH is walking little \miss C to grade one right now. I hugged her tighter than ever b4 they left.

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  7. Such a beautiful layout, perfect.

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  8. It really is just horrible and hard to stop thinking about it.

    LOVE the LO! So fun and playful!

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  9. What a beautiful layout.

    Thank you for sharing the quote from Mister Rogers.

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  10. I think we're all "stuck" right now with the events of last week. What a tragedy. I saw your picture on FB and love it!

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  11. This is a wonderful post Thank you for lifting me up today. Perfect layout

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  12. This is such a wonderful post Mary Jo.
    yes there is so much more good in the world then not.
    I love what Mr Rogers mom said to him. Thank you so much for sharing this

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  13. I love that quote. I know I have been hugging, touching, feeling Sophie and Fynn so much these past few days. Like I think it is fleeting - their prescence.

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  14. I am still reeling at what happened. Such a tragic, senseless act. I burst into tears every time they show a photo of one of the children now that the funerals have started. Love your layout. This is a great way to look at it - we just need to hold onto and lift each other up. It's all we can do!

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  15. IKWYM, MJ! My heart is sick for all of the families. I cant imagine what they are going through. Beautiful lyrics and love the picture on the LO!
    Love this LO one of my favs of yours!!

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  16. Love the layout and the Mr. Rodgers quote. You did an excellent job on this post. LisaDV

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  17. This gave me the chills. I am feeling the same way, and it's especially personal to me because I am a teacher and my husband is a principal. We deal with young, innocent, trusting children all day. On top of that, my nephew lives in Newtown. Thankfully, his 2 young boys are 3 and 5, and not yet in public school, but this has impacted their lives in so many ways. The sorrow all around them, the intrusive media, the loss of innocence, the tragedy of losing friends....it goes on and on. So sad.
    Thanks for stopping by my guest designer spot.

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  18. I can't stop thinking about it either. I was helping out in my son's 2nd grade class today & just listening to their sweet little voices and silly little jokes. All I could think about were those precious little ones in CT and how they were nearly the same age. I just can't imagine the heartache those Moms and Dads are facing this holiday season.
    What a lovely layout-great song for this moment.

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  19. What a beautiful post. I just can't imagine the sadness overshadowing this Christmas season there. So, so tragic. Thanks for sharing that Mr. Rogers quote.

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