Have you ever thought about the power of your wishes for the world?
Two summers ago, I visited NYC for the very first time. The first night we were there, my mum and I went to the top of the Empire State Building. It was hot and crowded, but the view was INCREDIBLE! It was like being on top of a world I never knew existed, and it gave me so many heartbeeps for the city.
While we were on the observation deck, a group of teenagers was fooling around shouting things about planes hitting buildings. They annoyed me and made everyone tense, sad, and some angry. Security came and took them away.
Later, while we were in the taxi going back to our hotel, I asked my mum why so many people seemed so sad after the teenagers were taken away. I thought it was because they were rude and wild and being disrespectful. But, the story my mum shared made my heartbeep in a way I have never felt before.
I wasn’t born when 9/11 happened. And, until that night on the observation deck, I didn’t know planes could hit buildings. I was eight. I didn’t REALLY know that people could be so bad. I asked my mum a lot of questions. I asked her so many that she cried. And, I cried. It seemed like the world I thought I lived in wasn’t really the world I was in.
In some ways my heart for the world grew bigger that summer. I started wishing harder for love. And, it’s funny because when you wish for love, you find it in so many places. I found it all over NYC. When I was walking down the street, I saw love everywhere. It’s like NYC hummed so much love that I couldn’t help but feel it!
Since that first time in the city, I’ve been back many times and when I am there, I feel a little like it’s my home. The city reminds me of the potential of people. Maybe it’s because I feel like a little piece of my kid heart grew up there. Now when I am there, I feel wiser, like I can do something that matters for the world.
I am not exactly sure what it is I can do, but I do know I can love more, I can give more, and I can be more for other people.
Last week, I was feeling incredible sadness about a grown up in my life. I was wishing I had the right words to let her know how important she is to my heart. I thought having the right words might make her understand me a little better. Then, I thought about what I know about love, and I decided to just love more. Sometimes, love is all I have.
So, on this 9/11 anniversary, I wish you love. I wish you the kind of love that gives you heartbeeps. I wish you loads of people who make you feel important.
Be a wisher of love. Take a minute today to send some love wishes. Tell someone how important they are to you. Hug someone hard and make a memory. Be the kind of person that lifts someone for no reason other than it feels good to put love in the world. Then, tomorrow, I hope you are a wisher of love all over again.
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