I remember the day that our President Kennedy was assassinated. I was 10 years old and our teacher came in and told us to pray for our President that he had just died. I didn’t understand it all, but I was scared. It didn’t seem like a big strong man like a President could be hurt. I remember hearing that we must catch the person who did it. They did, and his name was Lee Harvey Oswald. I didn’t understand how one man could have killed the big strong President. I soon found out that a lot of people felt the same way I did.
And then, we were getting ready for dinner, and, of course the TV was on. My mom and dad were watching everything that unfolded. I was there when Lee Harvey Oswald was shot and killed right on TV. What was going on in this world that always seemed so safe to me? I was scared. We better get him too. And, we did or someone named Jack Ruby did.
Since that time, many people have been killed. Wars have continued and others were assassinated and killed.
And then one horrible day, something happened that we never could have dreamed could happen in our own country. Our World Trade Towers and our Pentagon were taken down with our very own planes. Close to 3000 innocent people were killed. I was a grown up now and still I wondered how this could happen. But, it did and we are still feeling the pain today.
We’ve gone to war in the name of getting the “evil doers'” but in the mean time, there have been plenty of “evil doers” right here in our own land – killing children, blowing up buildings, killing themselves…and so on. We keep going to the outside to get them and make them pay when all the time, we are not really seeing the obvious: WE ARE THEY.
There is only one way to begin to end this madness and it is for each of us to take responsibility (not blame) but responsibility for the hatred, the fear – all of it. However, understanding our part in it all is not the full answer. We must now want to change; not them, but us. We must truly make a decision to bring our own minds and hearts to peace. We must take the time to heal all our wounds. We must be courageous enough to do this and it does take courage, because it is against everything many of us have been taught. The only way to bring peace is through self-forgiveness and love.
We owe it to our brothers and sisters who died on September 11, 2001, including those who drove the planes. We owe it to each and every person who have come before us and will come after us. We are on the brink of an evolutionary leap in consciousness or self-destruction. It’s that serious.
The world is in need of our self-love because we cannot love others until we love ourselves. To think we can is like saying you can teach someone to drive a car when you’ve never been in one.
One great teacher once said, if we all followed our bliss, we would have a Utopia. I don’t know if that is true, but it is worth a good try right now. Can we put down all the things we think we are supposed to do and actually start dedicating ourselves to those things that nurture our souls and minds and hearts. Can we stop pointing out, and put our hands on our own hearts and give ourselves a true hug for all that we’ve been through and all that we are and all that we will become through self-love? Can we truly forgive ourselves? I will make a decision to do so. Will you?
I believe hurricanes will stop blowing when the hurricanes of our mind calm down. Peace be still to all of the hurts of September 11, 2001. Peace be still to all those who live today September 11, 2017.