I remember my husband yelled out in confusion from my daughter’s room, as he was getting our 3 year-old daughter ready to be dropped off at school. I ran out of the bathroom, panicking, and dashed to the room. We thought there was an air crash at the World Trade Center. Just as we were watching the television in a confused state, we saw the picture of the third plane hit the Pentagon, just outside Washington, D.C, and the fourth plane crashing in a field in Pennsylvania. It was then we heard the news that it was terrorist attacks.
Every soul in America was deeply touched and saddened, that such a wicked and cowardly act could be possible on American Soil. I witnessed for the first time, my husband crying like a baby. I was shaken, mentally and physically drained in disbelief. We stayed home for that day, not knowing what else to expect. As we watched CNN, it got more depressing to hear about the thousands of people who lost their lives at the World Trade Center.
These were mothers, fathers, firefighters, policemen, first responders, and visitors, who were at the right place at the wrong time. As the nation went into mourning, religious leaders of all facets prayed for healing. As traumatic as 9/11 was, lives were changed. There was a hard call for peace and love, while everyone in America, and beyond condoned hatred.
Obviously, the events on 9/11/2001 changed the world. It sure changed American foreign policy, and left an everlasting negative/positive impact on people, depending on which aisle you are. People became more tolerant, and some grew more hostile to some foreigners. Whatever behavioral pattern justifies your conscience, it is okay. Spirituality was everyone’s healing power.
Since 9/11/2001, organizations like the Rotary International, has promoted world peace to bridge love, tolerance, fostering relationships and reconciliation, and promotion of justice. Pope Francis is constantly preaching for world peace, and so are other institutions.
The Rotary Club of Woodland Hills Avenue of Peace, holds its monthly meeting on the 3rd Tuesdays of every month from 6PM to 8PM. Attorney Ron Supancic, who is a pioneer in Collaborative Law Practice in California, chairs this committee. Join us for a meeting!