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Hearts open

To the Editor:

The love and compassion is there. It is at the core of who we are. We see it at times of great tragedy and crisis, people reaching out selflessly. Sometimes courageously risking or giving their lives for others.

When our hearts are open, anything is possible.

The recent tragedy of Newtown shows us once again the power of love even in suffering. There are signs everywhere saying “our hearts are broken.” Our hearts have been broken open. But I wonder about the days to come, about why our hearts will seem to close again? And they do. We see it after each great storm. Hearts seem to grow back another layer of shell as we try to move back into life the way it was before.

After a crisis, people seem a little softer, a little kinder. I cherish those times of vulnerability and the gentle look in my neighbors eyes. I cherish the love that moves between us. I don’t want our hearts to be broken open for us to care. I want us to be able to live with hearts that are open.

Maybe in this way we as a species could heal. Maybe in this way the tragedy we’ve come to know will be further apart or maybe eventually fade into our history books. Maybe with our hearts open we could be transformed. Maybe we could find that place we all talk about with much reverence and hope. That place we all call peace.

Julie Ann Monroe



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