This past week, our sixth graders have been learning about the attacks on September 11. Several conversations over the past few days have led to them trying to understand why it happened and how our country, and world, has changed as a result. They still don't fully understand, because it's nearly impossible at 11-years old to get your mind around such evil and hatred.
It's been very difficult for them to comprehend the impact and sadness of that day - so this morning, we read this post that I wrote 10-years ago about one victim in particular which brought all of us to tears. Our thoughts today are with Perry Thompson's family - and all the loved ones of the 2,996 lives that were senselessly lost on that beautiful blue-sky day.
Our thoughts are also with the millions of people, around the world, whose lives have been displaced and are threatened each and every day by violence and fighting.
They are learning that the only way to defeat the bad, is with good. So we also read these "Rules for Doing Good" by John Wesley, which were sent to me several years ago by my friend, Ronnie, and which hang above my desk:
Do all the good you can,
In all the ways you can,
To all the People you can,
In every place you can,
At all the times you can,
As long as every you can.
In other words: Be the light of kindness and love; and ignite the world with it.