September 11th Inspiration: Time to Learn; Time to Understand; and Time to Grow
What have your learnt during the course of your life? Life is a great teacher, yet each and every one of us experiences and understands the passage of events differently. What is your perspective? Chances are it will differ from that of other direct witnesses.
September 11th 2001
This is one of those days where it is not possible to simply make a statement about something without looking at a date of infamy. Generally speaking in 2001 the world was prepared to look beyond the differences that existed and work together for the common good. Trouble was this date set the world back decades. Hatred and fear struck down new world hope and replaced it with an era of distrust and anger.
This picture was one this I watched in horror at just before 2pm in London, live on my TV screen. I had been driving home in my car when the first plane struck the twin towers. The first thing I did was turn on the TV and watch in disbelief. I had friends in the USA, including some who lived and worked in this general area and I am to this day thankful that nothing happened to them.
I saw this day as a day of horror as vivid as any bombing that had occurred over the previous twenty years on the streets of London, including a bomb threat that occurred in a building that I was working in and had to descend 15 floors despite recuperating from a broken leg and another explosion that shook the building I worked in as it killed a bomb disposal expert.
Time to Learn
Whenever anything happens we must learn from it. It often has significance well beyond the events that are happening right at this moment in time. There is a saying that is we fail to learn the significance of the events we are a part of we are doomed to repeat them. That certainly makes everything that happens to us something we can learn from. Yet the simple truth is not everything is dark and overbearing. Not everybody is out to get us! Sometimes things simply happen and there is little we can do to change what occurs.
If we pushed a button and something bad happened it does not mean that we were the cause of it.
There are many learning moments in our lives. It is like the physics experiments that we carried out a school - the ripples in the water and how they reach to obstacles. Each has something to teach us, and in some small way we reach an understanding may be able to use that knowledge later in in life.
Time to Understand
In time we can take the things we experience or witness and analyse them. We can for example that as we pull on the chain the bell rings. All of our lifetime's experiences are brought to bear in every fresh situation that we encounter. Yet how we understand something will largely depend on our perspective; our history, our viewpoint, whether we have a clear or obstructed view, how far away we are, how the events impact us.
Each person (even those standing at the same viewpoint) brings with them different knowledge and different interpretive tools and they will see events unfolding differently and may interpret them uniquely. Years later they will each tell a different story of the same event they witnessed. The truth is there are thousands of different perspectives on the same event. Unfolding events impress each person differently - one of the reasons why two witnesses to a crime will often tell a different story of what happened. Events are interpreted and subjected to our own prejudices, perspectives, and understandings.
Each of us brings different prejudices and perspectives which will impact how we interpret what we see. The key aspect here is always is how we use the knowledge we gain to grow and change.
Time to Grow
Sadly there are people in this world that get stuck with their old prejudices, their old ways, their old perspectives. They are destined to be stuck in a past that has nothing to offer anymore. It is a part of a world that the majority of us have grown beyond, we have reached out and grown because we have a thirst for change.
The growth of the social Internet, the popularity of sites like Facebook is shown that the world is becoming more integrated. It is not simply people like myself with my multi-cultural family that think outside "the box", everyone is thinking this way. Do you have friends in Djibouti, Tajikistan, and Tuvala? Maybe, maybe not - the truth is that today we live in a more close knit world than ever before and the future trend is to bring this world closer and closer together.
Part of growing is about learning and understanding. But also part of this is about who we connect with and get to know. We will continue to grow in many ways. Knowledge and understanding are only a part of it (albeit a large one) but we should always seek out new ways in which we can grow. Nurture that seedling, which is us, and make it into a fully blossoming tree.
This Inspirational Series
The following are recent contributions from this series:
- Having a Kid's Smile and Enthusiasm - September 10th's Thought
- Projects to Finish or Enjoying the Autumn Allure?
- Smile and You Will Feel Better
- Detoxify to Get Rid of Summer's Waste
- Helping Others Achieve Success
- Getting Through Fear of Rejection
- Continuing Your Improvement
- Somebody Please Tell Me Why?
- A Sad Parting
- September a Time for New Great Hope
- A Great Month
- Moving On; Your Choice; Your Time
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