The Path To Peace
Forever In Our Hearts - 9 / 11 We Honor You.
As I close my eyes and drift away to a land where there is love, health, peace and blessings. I wanted to take a moment to think and reflect. The truth is that September 11th 2001 was a day of great sorrow for New York and America. The effects, deaths, and enormity of the terrorist attacks created a wound that not only jolted Americans, but also the world. Innocent lives that were going about their daily endeavors were lost. Families were broken and torn apart from this devastation. The lives that were lost, the hero's that sought to save lives, will and should always be honored.
As we continue to think of the enormity of these attacks, we can also think about the invasions that took place in Afghanistan, as the War on Terrorism was announced. The war took place to find the "culprits' of these deadly horrors. During this war many many more innocent lives and families were torn apart. The many American soldiers, and from other countries around the world were lost or wounded. They should always, always be honored.
As we continue to honor the lives lost with slogan such as "Never Forget". I begin to think about a family member who lost a child at a very young age. He was young. It has been many years since he passed away. Every day the mother visits his grave. She has not missed a day. Everyone should grieve death. We all cope differently. How do rituals such as visiting a grave yard everyday bring healing? Can a wound be healed if we are constantly reminded of the cut? Grieving is normal, however the grieving should take place in the realm of a certain time. Memories are never lost.
I think what about the life that we are living? What about the life that remains? Trauma, wounds, death happen. We cannot predict what will happen to us in life. How we re-connect back to life - back to living is what defines us.
In the same sense, I think about September 11th 2001. These attacks took place 15 years ago. The wounds and memories remain. Memories will always remain. However, as we continue to progress in a nation that is built upon its diversity, we have to begin to question - how do slogans such as "Never Forget" negatively impact those who are Muslim or of an ethnic origin? Is this slogan continuing to create tensions and divides within a nation, that should seek unity and think about the positive progression through it's diversity?
I think about myself, as I heard the news and watched the planes burst into the Twin Towers. I was a young new mother, busy with the little ones. To tell you the truth, I was quite new to Canada at the time as well. I was just adjusting to this new life, not knowing much also about the significance of the Twin Towers in New York. I just watched and was in shock.
Fast - forward to the present moment. Much has happened from then to now. Relationships, family, divides, tensions. The struggles, the rising and the adjustments. There have been hurts. However, I am glad that there are no hostilities in my heart.
In the same sense - As much as 9/11 has left a scar upon the hearts, I ask: Is it not time to turn a new page? Why not turn "Never Forget" it a memory of honor? Let us honor the memory of those that have fallen. Let us honor this memory to a hero's memory. As a nation united; a diverse nation that flourishes. Erasing the hostility, to transcend to the path of peace.
9/11 - we honor our hero's.
A thought to ponder:
This year 9/11 has fallen upon the time of the yearly pilgrimage of Hajj. From a spiritual perspective - is this a divine indication of hearts asking for healing?
Dedication: The words of this being are dedicated to our fallen heroes, their families, the ones who helped to save lives, all the support systems, an entire nation, an entire world. Our hero's - your memory we cherish. And to the innocent lives lost in Afghanistan - you too were innocent. - Our hero's we honor you.
My thoughts to share with love & kindness.
notes: These words were originally hand written on September 10th 2016.
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