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Our view: Mark the season by choosing hope

Updated: January 26, 2013 6:19AM



If this month of tragedy in Connecticut has brought us to any conclusion, we now know we need to make some decisions.

And what better time to figure out the important things in our lives than today, a day that celebrates joy through the transcendent power of hope.

The shootings at the school in Newtown might leave a permanent scar on our nation and many of us, but it also has called on Americans to consider who we are and what we wish for ourselves and our children.

At the core of this reconsideration should be the unshakable knowledge that we choose good over evil, hope and peace for ourselves rather than allowing despair and grief to dominate us.

And if we are to have hope, we must choose hope. It’s an act of will, not a state of mind. If nothing else is clear in our lives these days, we now know that no one will give it to us. We must take it and build it.

As for a starting line, we suggest that you try the “26 Acts of Kindness,” an idea that came from Ann Curry, the former host of the “Today” TV show.

In her plan, Curry summons peace by doing one act of kindness a day in honor of each of the children and teachers who were killed in Newtown. A quiet little moment of deliberate hope and generosity will do just fine.

One by one, these kind gestures are accumulating across the Internet. It’s a wave. A movement that builds upon itself.

Said one man: “Our first act of kindness ... our daughter made a card for the police officer who lives in our neighborhood. We put it on his car to surprise him when he went to work. We hope to continue this past 26.”

One family, one child, one act of kindness at a time. Goodwill toward men, women and children.

The “26 points” program won’t solve all our woes, but we all have something to give each other. And it will make each of us feel better about ourselves and others. Even in the legend, the little drummer boy had nothing but the quiet rhythm of his drum to give.

It’s all a question of hope. Choose hope. Merry Christmas.



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