Dec 28, 2009

Be Safe

I am also at Ali's blog today...you can view my guest post here. Thanks!

What does it take for you to feel safe?

For me this past weekend, safety took on a new meaning for me. I don't know if you have been keeping up with the news, but the attempted terrorist attack on Flight253 was a bit alarming on Christmas day.
But what was meant to strike fear and devastation on Christmas day turned out to be a hopeful situation...a terrorist who set out to do the unthinkable was stopped in his tracks.
 
When I was at the airport on Sunday not only was there heightened security, but surrounding fliers were more aware of what was going on around them. I felt a sense of peace and it was if though surrounding fliers around me seemed to band together, forming an invisible shield of protection, keeping one another accountable of our surroundings and safe from harm.

You see, what was meant to frighten us cannot. You cannot let terrorists, or anyone for that matter, strike fear into your heart. Fear drives out hope and love, and hope is what we need most in this world.

When I was going through the line in security, a woman about my same age kindly helped me pull my laptop out of my case to put it on the security belt when I was struggling. She also helped me rescue a new Victoria Secret lip gloss that fell out of my liquid baggie.
 This young woman just radiated kindness.
As I made it through security, she was still near me. I told her to have a "safe flight" and she simply looked at me and said "Merry Christmas." Rarely have I met someone who truly makes me feel safe, and this woman was a instant and yet momentary friend all in the same breath.
I am beginning to think that perhaps she was my angel in disguise, sent from God to remind me to trust in Him and to have hope that He would take care of me in any situation.

I felt no fear as I boarded my place on Sunday. I knew that in any situation something life threatening can happen. At any time in my life when I have stepped into dangerous waters, I have tried to not let my fear over come me. I have always tried to trust the best I can.
Trust made me think of how important it is to be aware of what is going on around us, to band together to defeat fear that is lurking, and to not let fear get the best of us. People live in fear every day and let fear get the best of them. They let it ruin their character, rule their emotions, and ruin the beautiful person that lies within them.
Will you let fear destroy you?
 
Will you let an act from a terrorist or any person for that matter determine your steps and make you live in fear? Fear to fly, fear for your life?

 I will not, and I will fight to keep my peace in my heart and be more aware of how I can keep my family and future children safe. I will educate myself of daily happenings and how I can make my world a safer place to live in.
  I will fight for hope so that I can awaken to beautiful mornings and oceans beyond each horizon.
I will fight to love and to embrace community with those who desire to make my nation, community, and faith stronger.

Be safe.

XOXO,
*all photos are from deviantart.com

48 comments :

  1. I think God does send us angels in our life!

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  2. I love unexpected moments of kindness like that. I agree that living in fear is not the way to go...to live.

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  3. really great post! love ur writing :)

    xoxo

    natalieoffduty.blogspot.com

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  4. Such great thoughts in this post. And that woman did seem like your guardian angel in that moment. I think after 911 I was afraid- having my parents work in New York and me being down in Maryland in college I couldn't help but be scared. I do think I've changed and have tried to not live in fear in those every day situations. I think I'll always be cautious, but I don't let the caution dictate my actions. Glad you had a safe flight! xo, Mel

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  5. This is a beautiful post, lady! My BFF is flying from England back to LA tomorrow and I've had a little fear. I needed to read this!

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  6. Great post! I felt that way one day too as I was descending into Denver on a bumpy, bumpy, bumpy flight... flying alone, I was squirming in my seat very fearful. Suddenly, the lady next to me just grabbed my hand without saying a word and held it the entire time. She didn't do it out of fear because she did not look scared at all, but more to ease my tension and fear. I think about her often and know just what you meant. Thanks for this post! I'm thank God that plan for Xmas was foiled.

    http://candyflosspersie.blogspot.com/

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  7. love it darling
    awesome blog, keep it up
    i adore the gorgeous inspiration
    thanks for sharing
    and thanks for the sweet comments

    -cma
    COSMICaroline.blogspot.com

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  8. Glad your safe sweetie. YES I agree , sounds like the lady was your guardian angel. Thank you for visiting my blogs.

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  9. Firstly, I loved your guest post.

    Also, this is an amazing post. Its so great that you got to meet someone who made you feel that safe.
    I don't think you can let fear destroy your lives. hatever is happening in the world, you have to live normally and just hope for the best.

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  10. Believe and trust... and we will ne safe. I love this post... very beautiful.

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  11. What a wonderful post! I really admire your courage and your honesty as you wrote your post. I agree with Allison...that woman sounds like an angel in disguise! :)

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  12. I can imagine that alot of people were having a little flight anxiety after that incident. Glad you found an angel to calm you. I will be flying again in March and Mr. Terrorist failed...I am not afraid.

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  13. i'm so glad nothing bad came out of that attempted attack. i was afraid this would lead to heightened security beyond belief due to increased fears. i guess it's not a bad thing if it protects us but i'm with you...fear shouldn't restrict us.

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  14. This is such a lovely, heartfelt post. And I can totally relate to it.
    That botched terrorist incident put chills down my spine. It happened just when I was starting not to be nervous about flying anymore (after 9/11).

    Whenever I hear about these incidents, it does make me scared but I still step forward and live my life because there is no point in hiding in fear. There was a massive mall shooting in my town a couple years ago and a couple days later, I forced myself to go to that mall to overcome my fear. You just have to put yourself out there...

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  15. this was such a lovely post =]

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  16. this is such a perfect post. you are one amazing lady, darlin. i am so glad that i know you and proud to call you a bloggie buddy!

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  17. SUCH a beautiful post!! Thank you for this.
    I know that feeling you described of people banding together at the airport. The week after 9/11 I had to fly for work and felt the samething. And God certainly does bring angels our way.

    Your post really struck a chord with on how people can let fear destroy their lives. I still do this in ways and am making it a new year's resolution to stop it.

    Glad you are back safe and sound. :)

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  18. This is a beautiful post, and I'm so glad you had the guts to put it out there! I couldn't agree with you more about not letting fear control your life. And, I love your stories about how you felt in the airport and the stranger who showed you unexpected kindness. Those stories warm the heart. Those stories renew hope. Those stories enable us to keep fighting.

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  19. I loved this! I'm flying next week, and this made it so much better.

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  20. whoops. I meant to write "this made me feel so much better about it" after reading your post. I love nice people. I'm so glad to have met you this year. Hope you have a happy new year!

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  21. Reminds me of the quote "fight the good fight"

    Powerfuls things you are saying here.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  22. WOW! I think POWERFULL is about all I can say about this post! How true what you say, what will we allow to cause fear in our lives, for me I am a very fearfull person! Took all of me to actually love driving now, scared me to death back than, but I have found as i let my fear not rule me, im am finding fun in the Fearfull things!

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  24. It's so inspiring to hear your story about the woman in the airport! It seems like all of the stories we hear are negative, but this just goes to show that there ARE good people out there. Have a great day sweetie!

    XOXO,
    Leslie

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  25. what a great post! i love all your posts ;) esp the pics you find to go along with them!
    i hope you are having a great week so far pretty girl!! XO!

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  26. gave me goosebumps! :) glad you weren't on that flight. it's unbelieveable what people still try to do to their own race. glad you were safe!

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  27. You are so inspiring! I love the way you write. I love your thoughts.

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  28. no fear! ;) ever.

    beautiful post!

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  29. So inspiring!
    Hope God's angels continue to protect us~
    Fear is the opposite of LOVE*

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  30. It is this kindness, this connection that brings us together. We do need to learn to rely on each other and trust each other. This woman displayed the best part of us and a part I would love to see more of.

    Happy you are home safe and sound.

    btw, I couldn't see the pics you posted on your friend's blog, but the post was interesting.

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  31. Very beautiful post...and I agree: no fear :-)

    Cheers: Evi

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  32. I really love you veiw on this, way to go. Really great post honey. Hope your week is going fab.
    xoxo DJ

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  33. I think about the secret angels around us all the time. I really do believe that they are there. That was so nice of that lady to help you & I'm so happy you got back to Cali safely. I live about 20 minutes outside of NY & it's scary as hell not to feel safe. I try to go to the same places & know my surroundings just in case something happens. It's sad, but you gotta be aware of things.

    great post dear.

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  34. Oooh what an inspirational post, gives my the courage to fly again. Thanks :D

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  35. LOVE this post... I am scared to death to fly, but I have been since I was little. For me, my fear of flying is more a control issue- and yet, I have gotten better over the last few years just getting on the plane and trusting that whatever is supposed to happen, will, and God is the one in control... not me. I try to take this approach with everything so I don't live in fear. God has a plan. I believe we are always in his care :)

    And since you're so amazing... I left TWO blog awards for you on my post tonight! Yippee!!

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  36. great post, girlie! Loved the part about the travelers all kind of banding together to protect each other.. :) So true... THe times we live in are scary...but also so great for the reasons you listed here...

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  37. What an awesome post, my dear!! And it's beautiful when you receive a random act of kindness from a total stranger! There is still hope after all for humankind:P

    xx

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  38. This is so beautiful! I also believe there are angels walking among us, helping us to maintain peace of mind in this crazy world. What a blessing that you encountered this sweet angel! Thank you for coming by my blog, i am really enjoying your stories. Happy New Year :)

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  39. Hey chica! Ah, what a beautiful post! Thank you! I love angels in disguise, they make the world such a better place. I'm happy that she was there for you. Thankfully Chris doesn't have that fear of flying, but I am the one that fears for him. He is on several, several flights every week-- ah, it is hard on me and I am not even the one flying. Fingers crossed that he gets this job that he is waiting on, because he will get to stay home with me. :-)

    Thank you for your wonderful email! You are the best! I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas! I have a lot to catch up on!! Any good plans for New Years?

    Talk soon, and be safe!
    ~Mary

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  40. The incident on Christmas day was terrible. x

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  41. I choose not to live in fear but to live in hope! My little dude inspires all kinds of hope in me!

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  42. I love that you had a sweet angel at your side, hon.
    I must say whenever S holds me and tells me everything will be OK, I immediately feel safe.
    Wishing you a fabulous New Year's!
    xo

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  43. Love this post, and I agree with it. Moments of kindness are rare, but beautiful. And fear can never control the world. I refuse to let it control me.

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