September 11th is a day of so much sorrow, anger, and fear! This September 11th, though, can be a new beginning. We can each start to look at the world — and the people in it — in a new way. We can choose to see with open hearts, rather than closed minds.
Our world has become so complicated and too often frightening. There is such violence and suffering on a very wide scale. From the newest babies, to the oldest men and women, there are the most basic human needs not being met. Too many people carry the burden of hatred in their hearts, instead of love and caring. Why? I do not believe that we were created to live in a separate and hostile world.
Change won’t be easy, and it won’t happen in an instant, but it is possible. It all begins with each of us taking a deep breath and really thinking about how we move through our world. How do we see life around us? Do we see the similarities — or the differences? Are we open to learning about what we don’t understand? Are we willing to reach out a hand to someone who needs it, without stopping to listen for a common language or to look for the same skin tones? Are we each waiting for someone else to be the one to step up to be the change we need in the world?
We can get quiet within ourselves, and choose to do the right thing. We can choose to look at all men and women as our brothers and sisters, and, as a family, learn to co-exist peacefully and honorably. We can choose to look at each tiny, newborn life, no matter where that birth takes place as our precious child, worthy of being protected, cherished, and safely guided.
Little by little, we can create a world based on love, acceptance, and caring. It doesn’t start with someone else. It starts with you. It starts with me. We can choose to see all of life with open hearts. Let’s have this September 11th be a time to choose greater love, more kindness, and deeper generosity of spirit for all.
Until next time,