Weekly Inspiration

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

What better way to spend Valentine's day than getting a reminder of how strong the love one community can have for each other.

On Friday of last week, a 15 year old student committed suicide at the high school I used to attend. Immediately speculations started to arise that he had been bullied and/or was fighting depression. Instead of lingering on the idea of why, our La Crescenta community decided to take a stand and lend support and love to all those hurting in our community. Almost immediately, a facebook page was created:

"The last few days have been difficult and confusing. Collectively we are seeking comfort.

If your heart is aching and seeking a way to help but you just don't know how... 

Have a Heart. Show YOU and your family CARE about the Crescenta Valley... it costs nothing- just a little effort and time. Sit down... ask every member of your family to participate. There has ALWAYS been something special about the Crescenta Valley... that's why SO many of us grew up here, raise kids here AND have lived here for 30+ years!

Life is precious and at times complicated. Although we don't have all the answers we have a CHOICE in how we respond... not just with fear, blame & anger (although those are normal emotions in times of tragedy and trauma).

If you know HOPE, even in the midst of difficulty, we can CHOOSE LOVE.

Create a Valentine's Card:
Say "I CARE" and sign your name, age, city and how long you've lived here!

The vision is that these will be collected, sorted & ready for distribution on Valentine's Day when CV High School re-opens... can you picture ALL 3,200 students and administration getting a card of encouragement that shows we as a community CARE when they return to campus on Tuesday, February 14."

It brings me such happiness to know, even in the midst of such horrible tragedy, that strangers can love so openly, selflessly and whole heartedly! More than 5,500 love notes and cards were left to show the support we have for our community and the young boy who's life ended to soon.

My hope in sharing this story with you is just to get you to think about what's really important in life. LOVE. I hope you live your life much like I do, with love, kindness and support for those who need it most. 

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." -Plato 


  1. I love how they made this a catalyst for a better world. Even though his boy's life ended too early.

  2. So sad. But i really love that quote you put at the end. Sooo true!

  3. This gave me chills, the good kind! How terrible for this student and his family, but how awesome that the community Pulled together for one cause. So glad they did!

  4. this is so sad :(
    i been reading stories like this on blogs lately
    and i am not happy with it! :( i am glad they community
    came together to support the cause and actually do something about it!

    i am proud of you girl!

    MELINA ♥

  5. That is absolutely a great idea to have the whole community get involved. Going into the education field this really hits home with me. Suicide is a very hard situation and it is good to let people know that you care. Love it :)


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