Today for me, as for many, is a day of reflection and remembering and I think it’s an important day on a global scale. I had the opportunity, one year after the 9/11/2001 disaster, to submit my thoughts to our local newspaper. I was one of five selected for print. I re-read it recently and found it still applies today. So I thought I’d reprint an excerpt of it for my blog today:
More Acts of Kindness?
In the aftermath of this disaster, we have all learned to live with different truths. We are not invulnerable. There is no guarantee of safety anymore. And I think we are all more aware. But has this changed us?
The world goes on and some of what happens isn’t good.
As for me, I don’t get as upset at the person who cuts me off in traffic these days. I try to practice more kindness with people. But I still find myself with moments of impatience or intolerance. When I review the events of each day, I find myself lacking. There were changes I wanted to make after Sept. 11th, but didn’t.
But I also see progress I have made. And I’m not the only one. Even with all the financial woes and the pain in the world, I see more acts of kindness than I used to. Are they really occurring more often? Or am I simply more aware?
I believe we have changed. Our awareness has increased. And hopefully, we will continue to create a kinder and more considerate [world]. My hopes are strong.