So, all I have heard on the news today is that Osama Bin Laden was killed. I am struck by a question – what can we DO in our own ordinary lives to move forward in a meaningful way? I understand all of the celebrations and respect the desire to celebrate and yet it seems like we are called to do more. I left my last job on 9/11 and started a business and consequently in some ways a new life. We, the US, declared 2 wars and many people lost their lives during the past 10 years. We lived with the concern of TERROR and the war on terror for 10 year. So my question is, at this moment in time, what can we reclaim what we lost as a society in fear? How do we really honor the men and women who gave their lives or years of their lives to make this moment possible?
A few thoughts:
- Find was to honor differences among others in our immediate lives with respect and dignity – maybe even compassion
- Pay tribute to our military members and the national guard who are tirelessly giving of their lives to protect our lives and way of life
- Find ways to extend understanding and compassion to people we care about when they are challenging
My underlying premise is peace starts at home. It starts with extending kindness to those in our immediate lives when they are tough to live with. It is hard to imagine world peace if we can not get along in our families, neighborhoods, or workplaces. How do we cultivate the qualities that allow us to make peace with those we chose to spend time with? Our friends? Our spouses? If we can not do this, we have little hope of broader peace.
My commitment is to build a stronger relationship with my immediate family. I am blessed to have parents who are still living and a brother and his family. I will see my brother and niece at the end of the month. I commit to continue to build on our relationship (this is the easy one) and rebuild with others that are not as easy. Who do you want to reconcile with? Is there an area in your life where you can exercise compassion?
Also, a strong message of appreciation for our armed forces and civil servants who work tirelessly to keep us physically safe and protect our way of life and our principles. As we watch democracy spreading through the world – I can not help but think it is because of the years of sacrifice of so many dedicated men and women – some of whom died in service of this very day. I have no way to repay the benefit I gain from your service and I am forever grateful!