Respect people who find time for you in their busy schedule. But love people who never look at their schedule when you need them. – Unknown
“May the lives remembered, the deeds recognized, and the spirit reawakened be eternal beacons, which reaffirm respect for life, strengthen our resolve to preserve freedom, and inspire an end to hatred, ignorance, and intolerance.”
After visiting the 9/11 memorial site last year, I felt compelled to launch my blog on 9/11 as a tribute to the innocent lives that were lost. Rebuilding Love, Hope and Faith was my first blog post and it was an encouraging piece on getting through the most difficult times and finding the strength and courage to rebuild love, hope and faith in our lives.
A year later, I can honestly say that the world has not gotten better but I’m not about to get into the further depressing details about how it is getting worse –that’s what the media is for. I have asked myself the following questions: how does one maintain his/her sanity and still see the good in the world despite being constantly bombarded with negativity? How does one continue to show love and kindness to people that do not deserve it? How does one continue to hope for the best when life keeps knocking them down?
“He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much;
Who has enjoyed the trust of pure women, the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children;
Who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;
Who has never lacked appreciation of Earth’s beauty or failed to express it;
Who has left the world better than he found it,
Whether an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul;
Who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had;
Whose life was an inspiration;
Whose memory a benediction.”
― Bessie Anderson Stanley
Protect me from knowing what I don’t need to know. Protect me from even knowing that there are things to know that I don’t know. Protect me from knowing that I decided not to know about the things that I decided not to know about. Amen.
Lord, lord, lord. Protect me from the consequences of the above prayer. ~Douglas Adams, Mostly Harmless