Children are Everyone’s Responsibility


My children belong to both me and you

And your children belong to both you and me.

You see, I truly believe

Children are everyone’s responsibility.

They come to this earth filled with pure love.

A gift from our God from up above.

Then as they grow, they learn

The lessons of life, many which burn.

Lessons of loneliness, inadequacy, and blame.

Lessons of failure, judgement, and disdain.

Lessons of rejection, not belonging, and pain.

Lessons of hurt, heartbreak and shame.

These lessons learned over time.

Little by little lead to the greatest crime.

Each one creating barriers to the love inside.

And blocking all the love on the outside.

Disconnected from the love they need,

They slowly begin to bleed.

To bleed the love with which they were born.

Love once lost, they will mourn.

They will begin to mourn all they have lost,

And all this lost love has cost.

Until one day they will finally have forgot,

And the hurt and pain will become a lot.

Overwhelming darkness will descend,

Making them feel like this is the end.

And in this desperate dark despair,

They will hurt anyone, anywhere.

They’ll hurt both friends and enemies.

They’ll hurt strangers and their families.

They’ll hurt those whom they once loved and those they hate.

They’ll hurt almost anyone so their pain will abate.

These children they belong to us all.

We’re all responsible for their fall.

Their fall from losing the love with which they arrived.

A love that should have helped them survive and thrive.

Which means we all bear some responsibility for their demise.

For those they’ve hurt and those who’ve died.

For the pain they’ve caused and what is lost.

For the love they lost and what it cost.

Everyone is so very quick to blame.

Their anger needing some source to ease their pain.

But what hurts the most is the shame.

Our shame that we have failed to do our part.

That we’ve not protected children from the start.

If change is what we truly want and need,

Then this lesson we must heed:

Instead of blame we must show love.

Instead of shame we must show love.

Instead of anger we must show love.

Instead of causing more hurt and pain,

We must show how love heals and reclaims.

Reclaiming a world of love not hate.

A world with love opens the gate.

The more love we feel inside,

The more love we see outside.

Then there is no more pain to hide.

Instead, we get to enjoy the ride.

The beautiful ride and our life’s journey.

A journey filled with love as it was meant to be.

The United States of America gets an F for failing to protect children

Can we even be considered a society if we cannot protect our children from such violence, hurt, and pain?

This world that prioritizes achievement over existence, beauty over kindness, doing over being, accomplishments over the person inside. And in so doing, we prioritize that which causes the harm we see on the outside.

We are born with value.

We are born with love.

We are born with beauty and opportunity and so much more.

Until politicians have the courage to risk their political careers…

Until the NRA has the courage to give up money $$$ for lives…

Until gunowners (I am one) have the courage to accept gun restrictions…

Until sellers have the courage to accept greater responsibility for their sales…

Until schools have the courage to address mental health starting in pre-school…

Until everyone has the courage to recognize we need change now…



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Jessica Tietjen

Jessica Tietjen

A mother, wife, employee, working woman, leader, strengths coach, writer, and passionate performance advocate. Author of The Exceptional Life R-Evolution!