Subject: Finding Healing in the Tragedy
I have chosen not to publish Celebrating the Journey in its
ordinary format or on its ordinary day this week. In the
face of this national tragedy, there is nothing that feels
I ask you all to join me in offering prayers and comfort to
all who have been directly affected by the events of the
day. To each of you who have loved ones in New York or
Washington or on an airplane today, I join the world in
sending you special prayers and support.
I have just finished a brief conversation with an old and
dear friend whose work involves being at the Pentagon
fairly regularly. He was not there this morning, thank
God. He is on his way there as I write. His own shock at
what has happened was evident behind the professional
military bearing he evidenced.
It is likely that life in these United States is changed
irrevocably from this day forward. A news reporter this
morning said, “We have lost our innocence.” I believe he
is accurate, and it will be a long time before we know what
all the ramifications will be.
How do we maintain our own humanity in the face of
this level of terrorism? How do we celebrate this journey
called life in the face of such tragedy? How do we dare to
dream and create a vision for our own lives when the
world is in such chaos? Why bother?
Because, as my friend headed for the Pentagon said, “Life
It seemed such a callous remark when he made it. After I
had hung up the phone and thought about it for a while,
however, the truth of his statement struck strongly. Life
does go on, and I believe the best way for us to help heal
this country, the world and the planet is to continue
healing ourselves as we show up in our lives.
The events of today will irreversibly change security in
this country and how we look at one another. A part of
what terrorists want to accomplish is a heightened sense
of doubt and chaos and distrust. They want this country to
tear itself apart from the inside.
We can each make a different choice. We can choose to
unite. It is a time for us to come together; a time to contact
and acknowledge all the people who are important in our
lives; a time to foster connection between individuals. It is
a time to ask what we truly value, what truly matters in
our lives and how we can reflect those things more and
more in how we live.
My wish is that we use this tragedy to create a new
affirmation of how we are all connected to each other and
a heightened commitment to treating ourselves and one
another with caring, kindness, and integrity.
I am filled with a desire to reach out and connect with
people today. For any of you who feel the same, I am in
my office all day, at 970-704-9336. I welcome your calls.
May you all be aware of the blessings in your life today.
“At every moment of our life we have an
opportunity to choose joy.”
Henri J. M. Nouwen
Coach, Speaker, Author, Therapist
Partnering you in having success,
freedom and joy in all areas of your life
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