As I was commenting on a post regarding 9/11, I was spurred to post the thoughts on my own blog:
Painting by Sharon Abbott Furze
We will always remember those we have lost.
We’ll not forget the many heroic deeds on that day.
Just as deeply, I hope that we let go of anger and thoughts of retaliation. I hope we mourn the acts of terrorism everywhere in the world and remember that these acts are perpetrated by individuals, not by entire peoples.
I hope that when remembering this and other acts of terrorism perpetrated on our home soil, that we also remember those who have been affected by such acts in other countries…that are also perpetrated on home soil.
I hope that remembrance draws us ever closer to all people of the world as we mourn the loss of all victims of violence everywhere.
“If you have fear of some pain or suffering, you should examine whether there is anything you can do about it. If you can, there is no need to worry about it; if you cannot do anything, then there is also no need to worry.” Dalai Lama XIV
And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? Matthew 6:27 English Standard Version
Many a day has passed over thee whilst though busied thyself with thy fancies and idle imaginings. (…)” Bahá’u’lláh
If you are depressed you are living the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present. Lao Tzu, Tao te Ching
“Oh soul, you worry too much. You have seen your own strength. You have seen your own beauty. You have seen your golden wings. Of anything less, why do you worry? “ Rumi, Sufi poet
I don’t believe that any faith, any spiritual path, or any wise leader in any century would tell me that my worries would have a positive affect on outcome.
If today is the end of the world as we know it…
Let it be the end of war, violence, hunger and avoidable disease.
Let it be the beginning of a higher consciousness that knows that what touches one touches all.
Let it be the beginning of a greater love in all of us for our planet and the people on it.
Let me be a part of the change in any way I can.