Its been a little over a month since the last mass school shooting. They usually happen about once a month right? At the rate it’s going, there will be little doubt that at any given point in time, you or someone you know will be affected by a mass shooter. Think about that for a second.
While I believe we can make changes to stop this from happening in schools, and not piss off law abiding citizens, its those citizens that need to have a little more compassion for the nature of what is happening and stop getting so defensive. I’ll just stop right there and get to why I really wrote this post because my post is not about gun control. It’s about cherishing every moment you can with your kids and raising them to be compassionate caring people.
I have no idea that when I drop my children off at school if I will ever see them again…alive. We have started praying those five minutes before we walk out the door and go our separate ways for the day. Praying before school has done wonders for the closeness of our family. It used to be a time where I was frustrated because my kids weren’t getting ready fast enough, I was worried we would be late, a kid suddenly has something I need to sign or he needs something for school that he didn’t tell me about etc. It was a time in our morning where the frustration can build because the clock is ticking and kid time and adult time are on two different clocks apparently.
After noticing morning after morning of frustration and anger as I dropped my kids off at school, I realized the last memories of frustration are not what I want my kids to leave with. So I have set an alarm on my phone that alerts us and gives us plenty of time to get things gathered by the door. Then we use those last five minutes to connect with each other and pray. The three of us sit in the middle of our living room floor and pray for each other. We pray for their father who has already left for work, we pray for family members and friends who live far away, we pray for situations we’ve seen on the news or in our communities we pray for safety at schools, concentration when its needed most, health, friendships and anything we can think of. Then we happily and peacefully hop in the car.
Now I know when I’ve kissed my kids goodbye, I’ve left them with nothing but love, compassion and the ability to think about other people and situations beyond themselves that hopefully will follow them into adulthood where they can be peacemakers and compassionate men wanting and willing to help the communities around them.
Whether you pray or not, taking those five minutes to meditate or be in one collective moment with your loved ones before you part ways for the day can really bring peace to your day. It helps with stressful situations like morning routines that can be hard due to a number of things, lack of sleep, illness, work stress etc. Take a moment and be in that moment with your kids and husband. It gives you a chance to reset a busy morning and approach your day with the best mindset.
What do you think? Will adding a moment of family meditation, prayer or “just being together” help make your days go smoother?
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