I listened to an interview tonight with Scarlett Lewis, mother of son, Jesse, who was killed in the Newtown tragedy. She has a remarkable story of the many miracles that have transpired since Jesse’s death that she wrote about in her book Nurturing Healing Love.
I was particularly drawn to her story of a Skype date with two Rwandan genocide survivors who had assured Lewis and her other son, JT, that they would some day soon find peace and joy again–something others had been too reluctant to promise.
The genocide survivors had witnessed unspeakable slaughterings; their entire families were gone. Yet, it was lessons of gratitude, love and the choice to forgive that won over horrific bloodshed and massive tragedy.
JT was so moved by the Skype session that immediately after the call he began drawing up plans to raise money to send a Rwandan genocide survivor to college. And not long after that, the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation was born.
I just love that.
Their is extraordinary freedom and power in choice. I only wish more people were willing to try it.
Because I don’t think it’s strength that allows you to choose. I think it’s the power within choice that gives you strength.
“The best day of your life is the one on which you decided your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.” – bob moawad
I leave you with this: Choose gratitude. Choose love. Choose forgiveness. Choose life.