Wow it's the 16th anniversary of Sept 11 a day which has changed the world . As we all remember that tragic, life-altering day that impacted the world. In a world full of tragedy I have been reflecting on how much the world has changed .
Last year I was invited to the memorial and I had goosebumps as I was surrounded by families and all the amazing first responders . I was blown away by the personal stories . Just like london I heard stories of bravery and courage , hope and love all the things I personally experienced on July 7th in London . I happen to be in town and I remember the cell network going down my family and friends trying to contact me . Once I heard my messages of worry and fear by my loved ones I just stopped and cried . I was blown away by all the love once again I felt goose bumps . I am one of the very few people who can say they are blessed with a great family and amazing friends.
We don't even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward. In times of tragedy, people do amazing things. The human capacity for survival and renewal is simply amazing . I couldn't understand the hate as all of my life I only focused on love and goodness .
Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11.
– President Obama in a 2011 radio address.
As I walked through the streets of london pass the thousand of people who where crying , talking just leaving london I could see hope and I remembered His Holiness The Dalai Lama words
When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways - either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength. Thanks to the teachings of Buddha, I have been able to take this second way.
As I look forward I would love to see a world free of hate but I don't think this will happen as I switch on the news all I see is war people fleeing everything they know , then nature comes and turns everything upside down . We have to continue to look for hope and the good . Plato once said
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. These words are so important today as we have to look for the best in all situations Also Plato said Human behaviour flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge. So why is it that now people look at fear , hate and greed
Let's all look forward and spread kindness never give up on hope we have to become the light and help others through the darkness . I want to continue giving others hope . Ignore the conspiracies for one day and show respect to the dead .
Sometimes in tragedy we find out life purpose aka bliss . I have managed to find my calling .
We all have a gift and talent to share please find it before it's to late . One of the greatest tragedies in life is to lose your own sense of self and accept the version of you that is expected by everyone else.
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.
We cannot change our past. We can not change the fact that people act in a certain way. We can not change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play the cards we have been dealt . I have been dealt the joker a few times but u always knew my next card would be a an Ace as I never give up on hope
If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.
Mandy Sanghera is an international human rights activist and motivational speaker #Tedx Mandy Sanghera Is an international human rights activists who has spent the last 26 years supporting victims and survivors of Honour Based Violence and cultural Abuse FGM , Forced Marriage , Faith Based [...]