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A New Year Is An Opportunity

In the weeks leading up to the new year, a LOT has happened. Several shootings in the US have people questioning our nation’s moral compass and the future. Six men who brutally raped a young woman in India will be going on trial, and may face the death penalty for their actions.

It’s too easy for us to wring our hands and furrow our brows over these tragedies, and give in to the temptation to condemn the evil side of human nature, and the future of our societies.

I challenge everyone to find the silver lining, and see the opportunities for change that these tragedies present.

Maybe someone is in a situation similar to what former Chiefs football player Jovan Belcher was facing – an angry girlfriend, the possibility that he was not the biological father of the baby he thought was his. Instead of following the same violent path he did, find a way to make the situation work – or remove yourself from it.

Adam Lanza and the school shooting – I believe that Adam Lanza had psychological problems that were not treated, which led him to violently lash out at his mother and the school children she volunteered with. It’s easy to write Adam off and say he was nuts, but I believe that with proper treatment, he may not have become “normal” (whatever normal is!), but could have at least been a functioning, productive human being. However, he fell through the cracks – and we know how that ended up. Lesson learned – it’s easy to write off people who aren’t like everyone else, or pretend that they aren’t there. Have compassion, and urge people to seek the proper treatment for their loved ones and themselves. It CAN and DOES make a difference.

India rape crisis – I view this situation as an enormous opportunity for the entire country of India – and the world, in fact – to take a firm stand against sexual violence. We can help by supporting the groups pushing for equal rights for women, and even by supporting groups here in the US who fight for the same causes. Rape doesn’t only take place in India, and every country and individual can help eradicate the culture and behaviors that promote sexual violence against women.

I hope all of you reading this have a wonderful new year, full of success, happiness, and opportunities to live life to the fullest!

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