Recognizing my own potential, disregarding the limits I once set for myself. Within a national tragedy, I found the motivation to expand my reach. On September 11, 2001, I sat in Dolores Park, under the most silent sky I have ever seen. Not one plane to be heard or spotted in the sky. I sat in the Park and grew up a little bit more.
Sept 11, 2001, the world changed. I saw many people die on tv, I was sent home from work at 830am. Forced to ride home on a train of frantic people. I decided that day, while watching the destruction and loss of life being televised, that I would become a nurse. I do not wish anyone to die, but I do believe that for every yin there is a yang. Seeing so much potential lost in those burning buildings, recognizing in that train ride, that you never know when your last ride may be, inspired me to LEARN something, to devote myself to something.
Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind behind the tragedy, was killed Sunday. I cannot cheer for his death. I will continue to mourn the loss of life and potential his action caused, and I will always dedicate my practice to those who first inspired me. I applaud our president for treating this moment in time with dignity and respect. His choice to not exploit the death of an enemy and turn it into propaganda for our country may begin the healing of this tit for tat game that has been played for the last 10 years.
I finish this blog with a quote, I read on another friend's blog this morning. Check her site out for some insightful musings about how this frenetic 10 years has looked and felt politically. Nobody says it better than Mustang Josi, except maybe, Martin Luther King, Jr.
“I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.
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