|Photo taken at the USS Arizona Memorial (Pearl Harbor//Oahu)|
We will never forget.
I remember the day in which I sat in my high school library as our teacher, librarians (and soon students) started gathering around a small television to watch the terrifying events unfold. It was as if we were watching a movie play out on Channel 1. Our minds in shock, our thoughts suspended, we were unable to process an event so catastrophic and a hate that in our [young] lifetimes we had never experienced. Just two years after losing my father, I'll never forget the calm demeanor my mother provided to my brother and I as she protected us from negative and fearful thoughts (she's a warrior). In addition to my mom, I have so much respect for our teachers that handled the situation the best they could as they tried to process it themselves.
It's rather unbelievable to think in less than 27 years, we've experienced the Oklahoma City bombing, September 11th and the Boston bombing. Not to mention countless shootings (Aurora and Newtown) and the War on Afghanistan and the War on Iraq. All of these events have drastically changed our lives as these cowardly individuals have not only taken precious lives (moms, dads, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles and the list goes on) but they've changed our world as we know it. Security has never been tighter and the Land of the Free is becoming less and less free every day.
This post won't turn political with the current events taking place in Syria, but with all of this hate and despair in our world lets take a moment today and every single day to feel thankful for what WE HAVE.
And take it a step further...share that love with others. Make sure your friends and family in your life know they're appreciated. Respect Nature and take care of it because we only have one Earth. Pay it forward and do something nice for a complete stranger. When you see a soldier at the airport or dressed in uniform thank him/her for their service. Thank volunteers and first responders. Better yet, become a volunteer in your community. Travel and understand that although we may dress different, act different or pray different than others around the world, at the end of the day we are all human.
I hope there is a movement of positive energy, love and understanding and with that a world in which peace exists.
LOVE [someone] today.
An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind. -Mahatma Ghandi
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. -Mother Teresa