As my mind contemplated this scenario, in it’s bizarre, twisted kind of way, it made me think about how our lives can be affected by things that happened years before. I know decisions made by politicians and people in administration can have long term ramifications, as can those decisions made by criminal minds.
I was watching a show recently about how the right for women to vote was fought for by women not unlike myself, who loathe injustice and wanted to make a difference. Their fight crossed over political lines into a world of hate and self-centeredness. Yet, their fight changed how we, as women, look at the world today!
The twisted mind of a criminal is beyond my thinking and processing capacity! My husband enjoys the show “Criminal Minds” and while on some level it fascinates me, I can’t wrap my brain around the way a criminal mind could possibly work. Telling a lie in any form sets my heart and mind in a total shiver! Doing deliberate harm to someone is also well past what I would ever want to do. But those who have a criminal mind have the capability to affect many lives beyond their victims, for years, after the deed is done.
What about the decisions we make as parents or teachers? How about the industrial revolution or in the technological world, space exploration and even in the weather world? I have a book called “The Children’s Blizzard.” It’s an amazing story about a freak snowstorm that hit the north west states on an afternoon and evening, after a balmy, warm morning. The storm caused children leaving their school in the afternoon to get caught in this incredible snowstorm before making it home, creating an enormous death toll. Today we check the weather at all intervals during the day or we have a television or radio to make us aware when bad weather is in the forecast.
Medical improvements including immunizations to protect our children from infectious diseases, that 75 years ago might have taken their lives exist in our world, along with all kinds of methodologies to save lives or otherwise improve the quality of life that were non-existent 75 years ago.
Aside from these “world-wide” inventions, from a personal perspective we have the ability to make a difference in a young person’s life that somehow impacts them throughout their adult lives. That impact can be positive or negative, depending on the situation. A child who is read to as a child usually grows up to love books.
Those children who had to endure violence and abuse as a young child, carries with them the scars that impacts them the rest of their lives. Conversely the child who is loved and accepted is also impacted for the rest of his life as he is able to offer genuine love and affection to those around him in his workplace or his home.
So I challenge you to consider the impact you have on those around you. It really does make a difference!