As I have done in another entry, there are some pieces that I had written in a former blog that I like to republish here from time to time. I do this because, on days such as today, I think the message still rings true and felt it was worth sharing again. I had written this piece 2 years ago and wanted to share it with all of you today. Until next time, be well.
As I sit here in my living room, watching the 9/11 service, I remember that day so vividly as many of my friends and family do. I remember where I was and the emotions that ran through me… I also remember the numbness that I felt for days, even weeks, after that day. I remember the sorrow, I remember every tear. I remember the hatred that ran through my body and the sense of loss that ran through my community.
Today, I choose to remember and relive it as I have done every year, every day for the past [eleven] years. What is different, though, is that I also choose not to live with that hatred in my heart. While we should never forget or sanitize the events of the day, we shouldn’t continue to live with hatred. This is not to say that we should let the actions of hateful people go without punishment. I am just saying that to continue to live our lives with hatred does not allow us to move forward. It only prevents us from progressing in our own lives and in the world around us.
I encourage everyone, as you remember and reflect on the history of today, also take a moment to effect positive change.
Positive change in yourself.
Positive change in your family.
Positive change in your community.
Some say that hatred is a disease and can spread easily. I am here to remind people that positivity is just as contagious, if not more, because it feels good. I have said it before and I’ll say it again, small changes make a BIG impact. So as you pause to remember and reflect upon the events of the day, chose to bring light into your heart and take a moment to do something good. Good for yourself and maybe even good for those around you. Namaste.