And then in a blink summer begins to fade! Truly it seems days are fleeting faster and faster. It is especially noted as we are quickly approaching the 20th anniversary of 9-11, a day of horror, shock and devastation. We promised we wouldn’t forget. We promised we would do our part to keep our land and rights free.
So what happened? Maybe we are doing our best yet there is an invisible poison that has permeated the air for two decades. This toxin is as deadly as carbon monoxide.
Over the last 20 years we have been inhaling the toxic fumes of worldwide fear. Since 9-11 we have security cameras, surveillance equipment, restrictions and annoying checkpoints at airports. We are overwhelmed with security, passwords codes and monitors everywhere. Meanwhile are we any safer? What did these sophisticated gadgets do for us? Perhaps, all they have done is give total access to fearing everything and everyone regardless of its validity.
We rely on these gadgets to make certain we are secure in our cars, homes, etc. often at the expense of not even knowing who lives next door because we maybe too afraid to find out or get close!
Fear is a very venomous emotion and it has intoxicated our ability to discern what is the truth about our real ability to live in safety and protection. In some cases these poisonous fears have turn us against each other over opinions and caused division among family members and friends.
Some have used a good acronym for fear, namely False Evidence Appearing Real. Fear hurts everyone. It divides us and in and of itself offers no practical solutions. We obviously can’t turn the clock back. So many situations have occurred that need to be addressed, yet we can stop the toxic invisible enemy of fear. Some may say it’s not possible, that is basically an opinion. We can diffuse our fears by using a different energy in ourselves that knows no boundaries and has no limits and that is the power of love.
Love heals people, both the giver and the receiver. One of love’s expressions is kindness. One gesture of kindness can heal hearts in ways that far exceed all human understanding. Kindness is our superpower. It is free. It is always available. Kindness heals us, past, present and future. Our kindness is needed now more than ever. Kindness touches the soul and brings forth the best in us. We need this now. Kindness brings us closer. We need this now. Kindness helps us remember we need each other. Kindness is a universal healing salve. We need this now.
We can’t change the past yet we can help redirect our present with ongoing simple expressions of kindness. We need to smile at everyone we meet. Listen better, speak less and pray more. We can make a difference. Kindness changes everyone.
As we commemorate 9-11, let us remember all the heroic acts of kindness that helped to lift the broken hearts of those who suffered loss in so many ways. Let’s be kinder than necessary and lift each other up, again and again and then again.
P.S. “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord, rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of others practicing hospitality.” [Romans 12:10-13