9/11 – 9 years ago, a small group of people chose to make a mark on the world with a horrific terrorist act. They destroyed buildings, they took thousands of lives, and they created a deep wound in our sense of safety and justice.
They may have played on our fears as we still vocalize them, but they also created a space for love to shine brightly. What I suspect they didn’t see as a result of their actions is they brought the world together to grieve. They brought the world together to rebuild. They brought the world together to do the right thing.
Blaming a religion or ethnicity for this horrific act continues to empower those few who were involved. We can choose to continue the hate and fear the terrorist started on 9/11 by blaming and having fearful thoughts on Muslims as a whole. Or we can choose to continue to heal, embrace all cultures and religions as it makes our world an amazing landscape of differences, yet all having the commonality of wanting happiness, love, health, abundance, and peace. We can choose to see love over fear, abundance over lack, health over illness, diversity over differences, and peace over conflict.
To the victims of 9/11 who transitioned that day or as a result and to those living with that deep wound of loss, I honor and will remember you. I am grateful for all the miraculous stories that came out of that day of people helping each other in a moment of need – and there were many of them. I am in awe of the firefighters who ran in the buildings to save lives and lost their own. For the New Yorkers who have had daily reminders for years and years as the city lost an iconic representation of it’s skyline as well as the thousands of lives lost.
As I honor those who lost their lives that day while sending loving thoughts to those who lost people they loved, I choose to honor them with loving thoughts rather than fearful actions. I choose to reflect on the heroes rather than the villains. I choose to think about all the miraculous stories, rather than the sadness. I choose to see how the world came together that day, rather than the world falling apart. I choose to see the world as 1 person nearly 7 billion times, as I can relate to one person better than I can relate to a culture or religion half way around the world I’m unfamiliar with their customs and traditions.
Today, I choose to personally be a loving, kind, and a compassionate world citizen. I am proud to be an American and equally proud to be a world citizen.
Choose wisely my friends, choose wisely.
With all my love,