The 365 Project.

Today I share with you one of my plans. The past couple days I’ve been thinking about trying to make a difference regarding violence in schools. I’m going to make a difference by using my words. I’m going to share the stories of the people that have fallen victim to gun violence. Everyday I will tweet president Trump with a name and a story. I hope my words will help him realize this needs to be really addressed with action not just thought and prayers. I’m asking for you help also. Like many other people I don’t know how to make a difference when our own government doesn’t see the awful and horrific outcomes that continue to destroy the lives of so many. Today I said this to Trump.

Today I say it’s enough. It’s Enough that we don’t learn from our mistakes and keep on sweeping issues under the rug and not addressing them. It’s enough that innocent people have already lost their voices. I want to be their voice. You should want to be their voice. I’m far from perfect and I’ve made many mistakes in my past. I won’t be silent because so many have already been silenced. It’s okay to scream with frustration. WE NEED TO BE HEARD! Be heard!

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Who is with me? I need your help.

Good morning,

As tomorrow we honor our presidents with Presidents’ Day. I’m honoring Donald Trump in a different way.

I am going to start something new for the next 365 days till the next Presidents’ Day. I’m going to send tweets to Donald Trump everyday until I get some kind of response. I don’t want a response we are working on it. I want to see action. Please help me and do the same. If we stand up and get together we can make a difference. This has to be done. Our youth can not live in a country that is bought. A country that is bought by lobbyists that help organizations make products that kill the American dream and the prosperity of peace. This is not about being a republican or a democrat, this is about being a human. We are all born good and know the value of life. The value of life in recent years has been diminished by words and no actions. Tragedy after tragedy occur and nothing different happens. Today is the day something different needs to happen. Life is worth more than anything. We only get one chance.

We can’t teach these types of values.

Today I watched Emma Gonzalez a student from Stoneman Douglas High-school deliver a speech that made me make a shift in my being.

The link is below.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/17/us/florida-student-emma-gonzalez-speech/index.html

This speech is powerful and should be heard by everybody. Tomorrow I’m getting involved in my kids school to make sure that all the kids in their school are protected. Even if the money has to come out of my pocket. I’m taking a stand, I’m taking a stand to make sure kids are not scared to go to school. To make sure we let them learn and develop in peaceful calm place. We want to have this be a better country with people that are kind and loving. Well the key is to protect the future that is able to learn and the people that are teaching them.

Today stand with me. Help me help the ones that lost their voices. We need to keep their voices alive!

Enough already!

Today as I prepare to go to my kids school to read a book with with my wife in front of a room full of kindergartens I can’t stop thinking about this week. The tragedy that occurred in Parkland,Florida is really the straw that should have broken the camels back.

People are so quick to just send prayers and thoughts, and start debating politics on social media. This is not enough. We as humans have to be outraged. We need change not by just words, prayers or thoughts.

ESPN shared the below story.

— A day after the tragic mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Chicago Cubs star Anthony Rizzo called for change.

“While I don’t have all the answers, I know that something has to change, before this is visited on another community, and another community, and another community,” Rizzo, a 2007 graduate of the school, said Thursday night at a candlelight vigil for the victims of Wednesday’s massacre.

I’ve included the link to the video of the speech below. It inspired me and shows the real effects it has with people even that have everything going for them. Tragedy like this touches everyone.

Anthony Rizzo’s speech

As I went to my kids school and checked in with the security guard I wanted to extend my hand and introduce myself to him. I thanked him for doing what he does. I shared a moment with him. He does something not to just earn a living but protects our youth. Protect the future of our community and the learning process of hope humanity. He protects my kids. Today made me want to do something to help him. I showed him my gratitude and I will keep on showing him my gratitude. Today show people that support you and protect you how much it means to you. Show them your heart. Show them how much you appreciate them.

I’m just heartbroken today!

Today I’m really struggling with what has happened here in Chicago and in Florida.  Both touch me in a way that is so different.  One thing is a local one that happened steps away from my wife’s old office and another one is hard to fathom because I’m a parent.  We as parents send our kids to school because we want them to learn and we hope that they are safe at school.  I don’t have to worry that my kids aren’t safe at school.  How can this keep on happening?  How can we not have higher standards of security at all schools no matter where we live?  Kids should go to school feeling safe.   How do you find comfort in these situations?  I don’t know.  Maybe it sharing the stories of courage and talking about people that are willing to put their lives at risk to protect others.  Focusing on good humanity that is not selfish.

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Like the story of the A football coach who also worked as a security guard is among the dead in a school shooting that claimed 17 lives in Parkland, Florida.
The football program at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tweeted that assistant coach Aaron Feis died while selflessly shielding students.
The tweet ended: “He died a hero and he will forever be in our hearts and memories.”
Along with protecting them from gunfire, students say Feis told others to get back in classrooms.

Today I ask you to really think about what you can do to really provide our children a safe place to learn.  I remember I never feared to go to school growing up. This age of gun violence and mental health issues make it really hard to be a parent and a kid.   Life is already complicated enough and it makes me feel ill to think we can’t do anything to change anything.  I’m pissed, upset, terrified today!

I’m one person that maybe can reach someone that will do something about this.  I’m hoping someone will get fed up and take a stance.  Its never to late but we can’t keep on living in this type of society.   We need to learn from our mistakes and how to be better with each other and maybe we can prevent people killing kids and cops.

Please help!

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Fallen Heroes: 100 Club of Chicago.

Good morning,
Today I’m saddened by the news of the Chicago Police officer that was killed in the line of duty.  I want to take this moment to talk about the fact that we as citizens owe so much to these public servants.   They risk their lives every day to make us safe.  They risk that they will not return to their families on any given day.  They are selfless people that put the safety others ahead of their own.

Yes sometimes they make a split-second decision that could not be the best, but they have to work so fast in dangerous situations it’s almost impossible.  Yes, they are trained, but not every situation you can be prepared for.

Commander Bauer, who worked for the police department for 31 years, was the highest-ranking officer in the city’s Near North police district, which includes tourist attractions like the Magnificent Mile shopping area and Navy Pier. Cmdr. Paul Bauer, 53, was shot to death at the Thompson Center after chasing a man fleeing from tactical officers who tried to stop him, police officials said. Bauer confronted the man, who opened fire as the two struggled, killing the 31-year department veteran, according to police officials and other sources. Bauer had been in the area after attending “active shooter” training, which prepares officers for mass shootings.

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Today I want to focus on how important life is.  Today is important because you don’t know if you will have tomorrow.  Today live fully.  

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Today I’m donating to the 100 Club Chicago.  The 100 Club of Chicago provides for the families of first responders who have lost their lives in the line of duty. This membership-based organization offers several forms of financial assistance, access to resources and moral support.  All sworn federal, state, county and local first responders stationed in Cook and Lake Counties are included.  If you would like to donate to this amazing organization please do so.   The link is below.

Donation Page for 100 Club

Day 1 comeback: yesterday’s post.

Good morning,

Today is Day one.  Every day is day one, that’s the philosophy I’m going to attempt to incorporate into my life.  Yesterday was the past and mistakes were made in my past.  I was able to do some amazing things.  Yesterday I ran 5 straight miles for the first time in my life. Growing up I did not run because it was too hard.  I never had the willpower to attempt it because it was hard.  I think a lot of my youth and early twenties was just like that I would not do what was hard.  I never wanted to really push myself.  I coasted through life not trying things that were hard and taking the easy road.  Then at the age of 25, I went to Israel on this amazing trip that was sponsored by an amazing organization by the name of Birthright.

The Birthright Israel program was initiated in 1994 and founded in cooperation with Charles Bronfman and Michael Steinhardt, as well as the Israeli government, private donors, the Jewish Agency for Israel, and Jewish communities around the world. Tours are held in the winter and summer, for which demand is very high. 

In 2007, annual capacity was increased to 20,000 participants a year. That year, Sheldon Adelson pledged $25 million to Birthright Israel to take applicants off waiting lists and to increase annual capacity from 25,000 to 37,000 in 2007 and 2008. The Adelson Family Foundation has contributed many millions of US dollars annually to Birthright Israel since 2007. In 2011, he pledged an additional $5 million toward the effort. In 2013, Adelson doubled his past annual commitment to Birthright Israel, announcing a $20 million challenge grant that will match new and increased gifts or pledges through 2015. This raises Adelson’s total support of the program to over $250 million as of February 2015.   This trip changed me and made me find growth in my personal connection with myself and others.  It made me realize that I needed to be more of an adult and become more serious about life.

Yesterday I Somehow found the courage to do it and not give up while running.  Today I’m going to find the courage to be patient, to be kind, to be thoughtful and to be still. These things will help make my day wonderful and full of space.  I did a lot of thinking last night as I laid in bed.  Thinking that will make me be better today.

I continue to fight myself on so many things.  I need to better at being vulnerable and expressing my feelings not only here but in front of people, face to face.   I want to stop being scared to show people how I really feel.  There is nothing wrong with really expressing my feelings.  It doesn’t make me any less strong as a human to share my feelings. I think it will make me stronger.   I let me mind at times run off with an idea or an assumption which is not the right thing to do.  It makes me quick to jump to conclusions without being thoughtful.  I need to better at listening and understand myself before I can really be there for others.  The only way to do that successfully is to keep on working on the things that bring me to a place of negativity and really understand the root cause of it.   I’ve recently become aware that I’m very stubborn and I really need to work on that.   Every day I come up with something I need to work on to be better for myself and others around me.  Today work on something that you can change.

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