I met my husband just days after 9/11. Our country was full of uncertainty, and that fear resonated thousands of miles away from Ground Zero. We, as a country, were reacting, without full knowledge of the situation – what happened, who was involved, how can we protect ourselves?
Years later, we have new enemies, but the same uncertainty exists.
Last Friday, tragedy struck one of our allies. The same ally that stood by our side when our own country was hit.
What really resonated with me is how much fear was put back out in the universe Friday night. People are fearful of travelling and going into public places; of visiting relatives, friends, and meeting over coffee. We are allowing the fear of this event encapsulate us and control us, yet again. The same fear we felt 14 years ago.
What helped us heal back then was overcoming the fear with happiness.
It was carrying on our lives with more vigilance, but also with spreading happiness. It was smiling to a stranger on a subway, helping the elderly with their groceries, and being good towards others.
Our country rebuilt because good overcame evil.
So in light of the recent attacks on France, Beirut, and Iraq last week, let’s remember that if we were to stop living our lives and hide ourselves away, the others win. Instead, let’s hold our heads high, look around, and spread kindness towards others.