Last night I watched the memorial speech by President Obama. His words have remained with me all day. It was a tragic event but we should use this event in the only positive way we can- to shape the way that we treat those around us in every minute of the day. To remember those important to us and not let a moment pass by without telling them how much they mean to us. This tragedy could have happened to any one of us. America mourns along with the victim's families.
At the end of his speech, Obama mentioned the youngest victim: Christina. She was just starting out in her life journey and embracing democracy in America. She had a child's view of the world in all its innocence. Obama said, "I want us to live up to her expectations. I want our democracy to be as good as she imagined it."
Obama's speech had a surprising positive tone despite the negative circumstances and it was received warmly by the people in Tuscon, AZ.
Another quote that stuck with me was: "If there are rain puddles in heaven, Christina is jumping in them today."
There is something so profound about how a child views the world and the fact that she is now in a better place, God willing. I want to live each day thankful for the gift of life and sharing that joy with others. We are lucky to be in a country where freedom is widespread. I can only pray for those that abuse that freedom to cause harm to others.