Much like everyone else, I am struggling to process the tragedy in Newtown last Friday. Words are insufficient and I won’t try to make sense of this senseless nightmare. The loss of a single child is incomprehensible and inconsolable. The loss of many children is overwhelming. One can feel the collective sense of simultaneous shock, anger and profound sadness.

While the details are fuzzy at this moment, there’s no doubt in my mind that the teachers who perished gave their lives attempting to shield or save their children. Like our soldiers and firefighters and law enforcement officials who place themselves in harms way every day, one can’t truly understand what leadership and courage are, until called upon to act selflessly to help others.

For the families so tragically and needlessly impacted, may the thoughts and prayers of a nation…and much of the world provide the strength to carry on, one slow step at a time.