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Be The Change You Wish
Do it for the grieving families.
by Lisa Rose, A Bead of Roses (May 6, 2013)
(Note: Lisa operates A Bead of Roses,
the bead shop in Newtown, CT. Like most retailers, she writes an
email newsletter. The latest edition, however, includes far more
than a listing of new classes and products. Lisa's store, as CLN
has reported, offers the grieving citizens of Newtown,
especially the children, opportunities to heal from the Sandy Hook
massacre. Here is an edited portion of her newsletter.)
Spring has sprung at A Bead of Roses and that
means we are busy creating new designs and weeding through
several new design ideas for new classes. We have also been busy
qualifying new vendors to complete our new inventory goal with
offering more unique artisan findings, while increasing our
selection of semi-precious stones; all of this to keep everyone
inspired and motivated in 2013.
We also praying for every family that is
grieving through their loss and suffering from the Boston
bombings and the Texas plant explosion. Our hearts are heavy, once
again, praying for families in need.
I can't think of a better time than today to
announce the two winning quotes that have been selected by our local
community to be engraved into our Sandy Hook Memorial bench which is
located at our shop at 274 South Main Street in Newtown. The quotes
"Be the change you wish to see in this world"
"Be kind to others, it's all that really
matters." -- Dawn Hochsprung
Over the past few months, through all of
these heart-breaking tragedies, I am still left confused, powerless,
and angry, and I know that I am not alone. My faith has certainly
been challenged, and with the events in Boston, I concur that these
events are too commonplace, which is not acceptable.
While growing up, I learned from a wise
business philosopher, who used to say "When you feel confused, be
excited, because it means you are about to learn something, but
only if you ask the right question."
So the question I am asking myself today
is, "What can I do to be a better person for my community and my
family? By asking this question to myself, and listening
to my answer, I feel a flicker of hope that this is the direction I
am supposed to follow. I can only hope that others will do the same
to help them feel less confused and more motivated to make a
So why not join me? All you have to do is
identify what your "gift" is that you can contribute to your
community, then share it with your community. If you have signed up
for this newsletter, then I know you have a lot of love in your
heart for crafting, life, nature, and all things positive.
Are you a painter? Then offer to paint
something inspiring for your community for free; if you sing, then
write a beautiful song and sing it to someone you love. Maybe you
are inspired to create an event that will give your community a
magic moment; if so, then go and fill out the application with the
town to start that process. If you have a business and you are
motivated to bring it to another level, go for it.
Be the change you wish to see in this world! Do
it for the grieving families who need to see change in this
world! Do it for your community so you can inspire others to do the
same. Bottom line, whatever it is that you are great at, share it
with your community; be great at whatever it is that you do, and the
world will be a better place because of it.
Thank you for even reading this and please feel
free to pass this along to your friends and family if it has moved
you in any way. We all need to do something great to help this world
become a better place.
(Note: Lisa's email is
you can sign up for her email at the website,