Letter to the editor- Thoughts to hold on to
To the editor:
Wake up, America!
Oh, you are awake now?
I know I am, and I have a few things I would like to share.
Please recognize the opportunities created by this horrific scar to the human family caused by terrorism.
We under 40-something have never had such an opportunity to see who we really are as an individual, as a community, as a nation, and as a people. Become aware of who you really are by paying attention to your thoughts, words and deeds. Are you centered in love, or have you chosen fear? You can choose love. It is a choice, but in order to choose, first recognize the difference within you. With a conscious effort you can become who you wish to be. It wouldn’t hurt to become a gentler people.
Now more than ever, we all need to be centered in love, and turn every thought into a positive one; with our desired result crystal clear in our minds. Do not be afraid of the terrorists. Do not give them power over your thoughts. If you have a worrisome thought, turn it around and thank God, in advance, for enabling our resources to prevent such an occurrence.
Do know that we, as citizens, are the eyes and ears of the streets. We have a responsibility to be aware of our surroundings and report suspicious behavior to the authorities, now more than ever, and to inform them of our concerns. We are not to take action against another unless they present a clear and an immediate threat to yourself for others. If driven by fear we ourselves could become like a terrorist to someone who could be an innocent citizen.
There is an opportunity for learning here. The other day I learned that the “Holy War,” as intended by Mohammed, is actually an internal battle we each must wage within ourselves. It is part of coming to grips with who you are and who you would like to become. All is permissible to God, our creator, though not all is conducive to our souls’ longing.
There is also an opportunity for unity, as we have all seen, and hopefully experienced, as this terrorist drama played out. I use past tense on purpose there. Together let’s hold this thought: Thank you, God, for enabling our resources to prevent any further terrorist-inflicted human tragedy. Let’s not forget how people came together to help those affected by Sept. 11, 2001; or how we came together to defeat terrorism. Hold that thought, too.
Thank you to all the people working so hard right now, at Ground Zero and everywhere else, looking out for our safety.
God bless us everyone.
Vicki Raucci Gonzales
South Lake Tahoe
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