Look For Light In Unspeakable Darkness


What do you say?

Thousands dead at the hands of a mad few.

The toll rising with each late-breaking bulletin.

Another plane hijacked, another plane crashed, other planes reported missing.

Every airport in the country shut down and locked up.

Unspeakable, unfathomable horror which, at 11 o'clock this morning, had no end in sight.

What do you say?

All that comes to mind is what not to say:

"The world has gone to hell."

No. Sept. 11, 2001, is a day guaranteed to reverberate, deeply and painfully, as long as the history of inhumanity is recorded. But let's leave it at that. Let's not give the madmen, whoever they are, what they want.

Darkness can only be ended by light. Let's shine the light of our love, of our from-the-soul compassion on the victims, on their families, on their friends and cherished ones.

What do you say?

Mother Teresa already said it, in a poem titled "Anyway" that's engraved on the wall of her Home for Children in Calcutta.

It doesn't just speak to Sept. 11, 2001.

It speaks to every day, to every circumstance, to every darkness.

"People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered; Forgive them anyway.

"If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway.

"If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; Succeed anyway.

"If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway.

"What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway.

"If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; Be happy anyway.

"The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway.

"Give the world your best and it may never be enough; Give the world your best anyway.

"You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway."

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