Ten years ago the word “terrorism” wasn’t tangible, or considered, by most Americans. Yet, as we all know, that has changed. It is hard to believe that ten years have passed since 9/11/01. There is a part of me that wants to soak in a bunch of footage. However, I know myself. I know that I will quickly become engulfed. I will pray. I will not get out of my yoga pants. I will remember Daddy calling me and telling me that they didn’t know where Momma was. I will lose my mess.
My mother was fine, she took an earlier flight. We were lucky. I’m not going to subject you to “Have You Forgotten” or “Do You Remember.” Nobody needs that. However, I will remind you that life is precious and that terrorism is not something that only the bad guys do. You can terrorize yourself and others. It happens everyday that you doubt yourself, repeat/believe what you hear instead of using your own voice or when you blanket judgement. It happens when you lose your ability to empathize, speak without thinking or believe you are more important than your neighbor.
It takes courage to fight terrorism. You have to be brave. You have to fight against the people who think “it must be true” if everyone within their family/congregation/circle say it is true. You must speak out for those that cannot speak up. You show respect even when others do not. You find the pretty within the ugly. Sadly, it is sometimes the loudest voice that is heard. The craziest person receives the most attention. One of my favorite quotes is by Mary Ann Radmacher.
You decide who you are, and what you belive in, by the way you live your life and what you invest your energy in. If you got anything out of the late 80′s, early 90′s it should be that “more than words is all you have to do to make it real” and “If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change.”
This weekend, don’t just reflect on the past and what has become of us. Consider the future and what you can do to better it for yourself and others.
Be good. Be safe. Be lovely.