They say if you want to know what the world’s thinking, check Social Media. Taking the world’s pulse today gives us a wide spattering of what people are thinking about.
For some, it’s the first professional football game of the season! So many die-hard fans ready to watch and cheer on their favorite teams. Football fever has struck again!
Others are out and about and enjoying the weather, good food, children and grandchildren, and each other.
And there are those that posted, reposted, tweeted and shared some of today’s headlines. The ones that reminded us of exactly where we were 15 years ago when the first plane hit the World Trade Center. Sadly, we remember the sheer shock of it all — the horror — and the random, senseless loss of life. We had let our guard down and they struck at the soft underbelly of America. We had forgotten about all those radicalized people who hate who we are and what we represent. The thugs are still out there today, they just follow another leader filled with anger and hate. And they’ll be there tomorrow, too. They will just be called something other than ISIL.
And we can look at the bigger, world picture and see unrest in the China Sea, which I have written about before. Why, you might ask, does it matter? Does the figure of $5 trillion (yes, that was with a “t!”) worth of goods being transported through the South China Seas’ shipping lanes every year mean anything to you? That’s a full one-third of all maritime traffic in the world. We should care — after all, we all depend on each other for our economies.
So much to digest — what’s going on in front of you, what’s going on in the country, and what’s going on in the world. What, if anything, can we do about it anyway?
I think you can begin by being mindful. Mindful means living in the present.
While we can honor our past, as we have done today in our remembrances of 9/11, we cannot dwell there.
And we can have concerns about the future, like the effect of actions in the South China Sea. But it is what we choose to do today, this hour, this minute, that will shape our destiny.
We can begin with a nod to the past, a face of hope towards the future, and a sense of fulfillment today for having lived — and been grateful for — all that we have in the present — right now, right here, right in front of us.
Shalom — peace.