What do we do now?

I’ve been putting off writing since Friday’s horrific incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School in New Town, CT. I was not able to concentrate in doing anything meaningful, although I managed to bake treats for teachers (I’ll post about it tomorrow) and wrote Christmas cards by hand – all 50 of them (Last minute decision to send hand written cards instead of eCards.) and finished making gifts.

I barely got through these past few days.

Tomorrow marks one week but the last few days are all blurred. It almost feels like after 9-11 happened, grappling with the “why?” every time the dark thought enters my mind.

When I went to write my thoughts down in a post, I got stuck. I’d write and then delete. Repeatedly. It turns out, I wasn’t alone. Beth Terry felt the same way. But she was able to write a strong willed post – to be expected of Beth – so I went over to read it. And I read this poignant quote left by one her readers. And boy, does that succinctly say what I’ve been thinking.

Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief.

Do justly now

Love mercy now

Walk humbly now

You are not obligated to complete the work

But neither are you free to abandon it.

~ The Talmud

I’ll be back tomorrow and report how my homemade treats for teachers adventure turned out. One hint: don’t bake anything when you are pre-occupied.

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I do think the horrific events at Sandy Hook are on everyone's mind. It has make me think more about what we can do each day to make it better, not just for ourselves, but for others. Today my hula halau went to a nursing home and danced and sang for about 50 patients. We did a particularly beautiful Hawaiian version of "How Great Thou Art" and many a tear was shed. It was a day of giving back to the community. I made several "bed capes" (for keeping shoulders warm when reading or watching TV in bed or a wheelchair). These will be wrapped by the staff and given out in the grab bag gift exchange. I, too, sent out several handmade Christmas cards, but did still send ecards :). Today I'm baking chocolate dipped shortbread cookies for a friend who is coming to visit tomorrow. I think it's important for us to all live each day to the fullest and not take for granted the time we have on earth.


Kiihele, What a wonderful way of helping others and giving back to the community. Bedcapes sound wonderful! You are absolutely right; We have to live each day to the fullest. Thank you for sharing your story. :)