I watched the video below in awe, and then the questions began to flood my mind… My heart became sad all over again. I am sad not only for the events of September 11, 2001 and all the devastation that has happened before and since, but I am sad for us as human beings. I am sad for our human race. I am sad for us as people. We live beside one another and we have these walls up and we never really let others in. For a brief moment in time post 9/11, people got real… And it was beautiful. They took tragedy and found peace. They took devastation and found strength. As time does though, it marched on. Our lives picked up speed like a train leaving the station and before we knew it, our walls were built around our emotions again.
I think this is the appropriate time to introduce myself. “Why hello, pot this is kettle.”
I used to be as guilty as the next person, living my life but not really L-I-V-I-N-G my life. One day not too long ago, everything changed for me and now I live it different. I live it with passion, tenacity and a heart bigger than Texas. I leave in my wake of life things like mercy, joy, laughter and grace. I broke down my walls from the inside out, not because I wanted to or because it was comfortable… But out of necessity. I fell in love with people… Even the ones that make it hard to love. I fell in love with them the most.
I leave you with these questions to answer for yourself…
Why do we wait for times of tragedy to get real?
Why do we wait for life to get real for us to get raw about how we feel?
Why does it take buildings crumbling to allow us to let our walls and our fake facades crumble?
Why are we so terrified to let people see inside our hearts?
Why don’t we put our hearts on blast to shine a light in the dark?
I know some of you feel uncomfortable reading this. I know for a fact some of you are thinking, “who does she think she is asking questions about my feelings and what’s in my heart?” My question to you is “Who would I be if I didn’t ask?”
We are here to do life together. Human beings, here for a moment. Side-by-side, brothers and sisters, not only in America but all over the face of the planet.
Let your walls down.
Love a little deeper today.
It is more worth it than you will ever fathom.
Just like my favorite song ever written says “If we all light up we can scare away the dark.”