When Theodore Roosevelt spoke to the Naval War College in 1897, he credited our forefathers with moving our nation to triumph through all types of peril. Roosevelt said it was because of their sacrifices of blood, sweat, tears, labor, and anguish that each of us is more fit to meet the duties and responsibilities of citizenship.
That same heroic sense of sacrifice was evident during and since in the disastrous events of September 11th. Many of the people who escaped the destruction of the twin towers helped each other. One man carried a disabled woman down 68 flights of stairs. Other examples were the heroic passengers aboard the hijacked airplane, who, knowing they were going to die as their plane was being used as a bomb, decided to thwart their captors by fighting back. Their courage potentially saved thousands of lives.
Currently, we hear stories of people who have stepped up to help the Ukrainian people who are fleeing bombed out homes and struggling to survive. It has been that way with every human and natural tragedy. People respond from their inner Heroes, their True Selves, to serve others in incredible ways.
I love the way politician Robert F Kennedy said it. "Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope... and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."
The actions of ordinary people rendering kindness in challenging times is epic - offering food, water, and shelter to strangers, holding prayer vigils, organizing blood drives, and donating millions of dollars to help struggling folks rebuild - create a positive current of love that can override and sweep away the egocentricity and distorted view of a few. That is what is going on in our world today.
In our Truest Self we are heroes, here to share and build a world that replicates our deepest center of peace and love. Watch the news and you will see it. Pay attention to the opportunities to participate and you will observe something amazing happening. We are learning how to live from our Highest Selves and it is a beautiful thing to behold. Together we are constructing a new world.
What part would you play in this venture? How might you extend your natural kindness to someone today?
Jean Walters is a best selling author, akashic record reader, speaker, and coach. You can reach her at 314 991 8439 or www.spiritualtransformation.com