We tend not to realize

@jayyerex (224)
November 29, 2008 11:17pm CST
Sometimes when I sit in my comfortable home, with my wonderful family, knowing that we are safe from the evil that inhabits much of our world I tend to forget that there are so many out there that do not enjoy the same luxuries that I do. More to the point I believe that we are removed from it to the extent that it does not directly affect me or my family. Well that thought has come to a screeching halt. A few minutes ago I learned of the attack on Cafe Leopold. I learned that a very dear friend to my family had been murdered by these thugs that carried out the attack. Shot in the neck. She was such a beautiful woman, with all of her life set before her. Until now I thought that the troubles in India and the middle east did not directly affect me. How wrong I have been. I cannot express my feelings properly or extend my heart to all of the families that have been shattered by these senseless acts. I wish I could, but I cannot. What I can do however, is cling to my beliefs that in a time of violence and hate it is imperative that we reach out with our hearts. We must not let anger and violence dictate how we respond to such horrible, heinous and evil acts. Now is the time for us to reach deep down into our souls and find the power of our love. I had stated in a previous post that this site and others like it have brought us as a people closer together. We have come to love each other. We have come to understand that which is happening in other parts of the world. A world that is so far away that it can only be brought to us through the internet. Now is the time that we must cling to our belief that peace is the answer. There will always be people who would bring hate and intolerance into our lives, but for the sake of those who have paid the ultimate price I beg all of you to not give in to the terror that they spread. The majority of our people are good, honest and loving. The enemy of the heart is a minority. These are desperate times and we need now more than ever to find that place in our hearts that hold the peace and love for all. Violence begets violence. Hate begets hate. Love begets love. You are a dear friend Meetu, you will be sorely missed. To the families that have lost so much for such senseless reasons I give you my heart and my condolences. Peace on earth, Jay
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
30 Nov 08
Yes we must change our thinking, we are not us and them, we are all one world and this is getting smaller and smaller everyday. If we wish peace it must begin in our hearts and among ourselves. The petty little negative thoughts that inhabit our lives grow into more and more negative energy if we think them or act on them. If you begin each day with the purpose of positive energy you can form a new habit that will contribute to peace in the whole world. It's time for us to grow beyond our animal nature of survival into a super nature of caring.
@Grandmaof2 (7603)
• Canada
30 Nov 08
This is indeed a very beautiful post and we all need to realize we are more well off than we think. Just today I found out one of our E.M.T's took a patient to the hospital by ambulance and was told she had to wait because she would be bringing the patient back. The story I got was the EMT layed back to relax while waiting she passed away from a massive heart attack right in the hospital. She was 25 years old due to be married soon and had just bought a house.
@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
30 Nov 08
Yes I think most of us don't appreciate what we have enough, there are those who choose not to think about what they can't change, and there are those who just don't because they are caught up in their own life and then there are those like me who are deep thinkers that ache inside when i think of what some people have to live through..every single person on this earth should be allowed to live a life of happiness....