2012 was a year full of ups and downs, joyous moments and harsh tragedies. Undoubtedly, the terrible events will forever stand out in the minds of Americans. Hurricane Sandy’s destructive force, innocent lives lost at a movie premiere in Colorado, and most recently, the deaths of innocent children in Connecticut. Combine these with the international stress of continuing wars, regime changes and human rights violations, and 2012 could begin to look very dim. In fact, is was.
So what do you do? Many people believed the Mayans predicted the end of the world in 2012. After surviving past 12-21-2012, that scare was avoided. However, when a man walks into a school and murders children, the case can be made that the Mayans were correct after all. Perhaps they signaled the end of the world as we know it. When good and humanity succumb to evil acts.
2013 is now here and everyone must consider how to move forward. Will the tragedies of 2013 pale in comparison to those of 2012? Will this be the first year of the end of the world? Will America, which defined the last two hundred years, be defined by atrocities?
The answer to this is found in the American people. Although liberals and the President have attempted to remove the idea of American Exceptionalism, it is a force never before seen in the world. There is nothing that the American people cannot accomplish when they put their minds to it. Medical innovations, technological advancements, and widespread humanitarian efforts are just a few. Every year America feeds millions, saves millions, and defends millions, without ever asking for anything in return.
Following the tragedy at Sandy Hook, a movement began trending on the social network Twitter. Defined by the hashtag #26acts, Americans vowed to commit 26 acts of kindness. Some have set out to purchase 26 coffees at Starbucks for people who come after them, under anonymity. Some purchased 26 Christmas presents for under-privileged children. Others simply set out to do nice things like hold doors and umbrellas when the occasion arose.
What does this simple social movement mean? It shows that the core of the American people is one of resolve and determination. Evil may take place on this earth, but it will never deter the will of the American people. In the face of tragedy some might panic, and others might flee, but Americans press forward.
So the question must be asked, what will be your 26 acts in 2013? If 330 million Americans willfully commit 26 acts of kindness to honor those fallen, 2013 will not be the worst year yet, but rather the best year yet. No fate will befall the American people unless they accept it, and they show no signs of doing so. 2013 is still a mystery, but the potential is there for an awakening of hope, faith and freedom.