We all know what
happened on September 11, 2001. We
also know where we were and what we were doing at the time the events
began to unfold. What was going through your mind was probably
something similar to what was going through mine…utter disbelief!
I remember it well… too well.
I was preparing to drive from Salt Lake City, Utah to Seattle,
Washington. As I sat in
my kitchen watching the events unfold, I could not make the connection
that this was real. I knew it to be real, but there was this mind
block. It was just
unbelievable. It was
unacceptable… it was not what I wanted to be experiencing.
But there is still hope!
As I began the trip
later during the day, I found myself from time to time driving in
tears. This occurred often, whenever I let the terrible events come
into my consciousness. I
had purchased books on tape to keep me company on this long drive.
As most of you are aware, there are times when the radio
doesn't have anything of interest on it if you are traveling through
small towns. But this
trip was different; I spent most of the time tuning to any station
that had updates about the tragedy.
Needless to say, the books on tape received minimal play.
I also noticed a difference in people for the first time in
many years. At rest stops
and restaurants, I noticed strangers were talking to each other.
As sad and terrible as it was, this event was uniting us as a
nation. When I sat down
for dinner, I found myself in conversations with people around me. We
were all talking about what had happened in New York, Washington and
Pennsylvania. We also got to know a little about each other on a
personal level. I say
this because it is important to get to know people.
For so long, most of us have gone about our business taking
care of our everyday needs without many thoughts about our neighbors
or people we encounter? Yes,
many of us give to charities and volunteer from time to time, but we
don’t always get to know people. We show sympathy for those in need
and try to help as best we can… but we don’t get to know people. Giving to charitable causes is a good thing… a great thing,
but this is all surface stuff… We need to go deeper! We must remember there is still hope!
True empathy can only
occur when we connect on a spiritual level with what another person is
feeling. I believe the
events of 911 have caused this to occur. We are now interested in what
another human has to say and what that person is thinking and feeling.
We are in essence, doing more than sending money… and food…
and manpower to New York. We have connected on a deeper level.
We send our love and healing energy when this connection is
made. There are no words
to describe the pain we feel as a nation… a world regarding the
senseless tragic lost of life. This
bombing didn't just happen to New York, or Washington… it happened
to America and to mankind as a whole.
No matter what your belief system may be… somehow… we are
all connected on the soul level.
What we do to one… we do to all.
But there is still hope!
The men who planned and
carried out this cowardly deed said it was done in the name of their
higher power (Allah). I
know this higher power as God (there are other names for higher
powers). It is my belief
that God is love, kindness and generosity. He does not punish or hate like these people do.
He does not condone these actions on any level. Furthermore, he
does not promote us in being vindictive.
I'm sure the terrorists have found this out for themselves, as
I am sure he made sure they have been shown the truth.
Allah, God, Jehovah or any other higher power that teaches love
and understanding was not a part of their mission, as some might want
to proclaim. That is not to say that he will not use this event to
show us his love. One of
the ways this is done is by allowing us to feel the love and
compassion of another person.
I know it sounds like I am preaching, and that is not my
intention whatsoever… I want you to know and believe there is still
I have hope we are
growing from this horrifying experience.
I have become keenly aware pain serves as one of the greatest
teachers to push us forward. Pain
is very difficult to face, but it is a necessary part of life.
We have to face this pain head on and not push it below the
surface. This is very difficult to do... but by leaning on each
other… and calling on the Supreme Being… we can.
Be honest about your emotions, but know we can only grow if we
first feel it, analyze it, question it and try to solve it. Together, we all have the answers to the questions inside us.
We only need to open our hearts to find them.
We have to ask for that guidance from our higher power.
There is still hope!
Remember, each of us has
been equipped with free will. This
is something we sometimes forget, especially at times like this.
The suicide bombers also had free will.
They chose to perform a horrific act with that free will.
Let us continue to combine our free wills as we have been doing
recently for the good of all mankind.
For there is still hope!
Some might say to speak
of brotherly love shows weakness.
I do not agree. We
have been taught that love conquers all.
I fervently believe this to be true.
This does not mean, I
do not believe in defending myself or in my country’s right to do
so. For I am proud of the
way we as a people have responded to this act.
We have shown our goodness and our love for each and at the
same time we have been supporting our government in its efforts to
stop terrorism. GOD BLESS US
ALL and THERE IS STILL HOPE!
Marie O'Neill has been gracious enough to share her
thoughts with us again. She has relocated from Salt Lake City
Utah and now lives in Washington State with a view of the Pacific
Ocean. Her husband Bill, still is getting medical
treatment. We wish them the best in their new home and of course
we wish Bill a complete and speedy recovery.