As you reflect on the horrible news of the shooting of innocent school children yesterday, remember that children all over the world face this type of violence every day. This is not to diminish the tragedy in Connecticut; it is most definitely a tragedy. Let it serve as a reminder of unnecessary violence happening around the world every day. What can we do? We can become angry, pass stricter laws, argue over gun control, stir up anger and hate, arm our schools and raise our children in fear - or - we can be mindful, offer empathy, smile a little more, treat each and every person we meet with respect, and try not to create the conditions that give rise to such tragedies. Please choose mindfulness and empathy. Dan Zen Presence - minimalism, simplicity, self improvement, simple living, Zen in modern life.