Welcome to 28 Days— a soulcare series designed to help us live intentionally in the aftermath of the Newtown Tragedy. Please join us as we explore 28 ways to engage in this sobering reality with honesty and hope. For Facebook covers and more information click here. Thank you for being here today.
Day One: Whimsy Heals
Earlier this week one of my Flock members wrote that her grandfather had died, and that the very same week she was going to Disney World. The juxtaposition seemed so great — too big a breech between the painful loss held within her family, and the vast exuburance of a magical kingdom.
It’s okay, I told her. Whimsy heals.
When reality is crushingly heavy.
When words don’t come.
When the truth is too painful to hear one more time — we turn to imagination, to story, to a narrative that might be impossible, and yet, somehow, it works.
It works because it provides relief. It helps us see things in a new light. It lets us rest awhile in a safer, warmer place. And in that spaciousness, healing arrives.
That’s why we are starting the 28 Days program with a whimsical way to act and heal. The Ravelry group, 600 Monsters, is on a quest to send each child at Sandy Hook a hand-made monster who will help them chase away the darkness. (It’s amazing how powerful stuffed goofiness can be.)
Get out your needles and knit some hearts back together, one stitch at at time. But jump on it! Monsters are needed by January 31st for a Big Love delivery to Newtown.
I’m helping Sandy Hook kids scare away the darkness with #600monsters.
Join me in the next #28days! http://bit.ly/ZYmh3Y
Today’s healing act is in memory of Charlotte Helen Bacon, 6, the beloved daughter of Joel and JoAnn Bacon, and sister of Guy Bacon. Charlotte was an extraordinarily gifted 6-year-old who filled her family each day with joy and love. The family will forever remember her beautiful smile, her energy for life, and the unique way she expressed her individuality, usually with the color pink. Charlotte never met an animal she didn’t love, and since the age of 2 wanted to be a veterinarian. She also enjoyed practicing Tae Kwon Do weekly with her dad and brother, where she relished kicking and throwing punches. (The kind of girl who would dig a good stuffed monster, don’t you think?) *source info
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