At the vigil last night, the President said: “There’s only one thing we can be sure of, and that is the love that we have — for our children, for our families, for each other. The warmth of a small child’s embrace — that is true.”
When we are parent-leaders, we know: at bottom they want to be safe and they want love. “A small child’s embrace.” That “we can be sure of.” “The love that we have.” That we can be sure of.
It is what we ALL want. Every one of the big kids I teach – 19 to 35 years old – wants love. If we lead, it is our fundamental job – to protect their life and love their spirits.
In the array of mentally disturbed killers, were they not all ALONE and LONELY?
There are gun control issues, mental health issues, school issues, and lots of other fixes to debate.
But each of us can respond as everyday leaders to this tragedy. Our choice is to help every person find a safe place in our families, schools, workplaces, tribes – and beyond – to protect people’s place in the human family.
If Connecticut did anything it reminds us as leaders to protect human life and to love each other.
Yes, we have missions, goals, purposes, and constructs and contexts, but our fundamental job if we choose to lead is to protect and to love.
Will WE bring new love out of senseless death and darkness?