September 5, 2016
Dear United States of America,
I write this as an offering to reconsider how We remember 9/11.
This wretched, “9/11 tradition” of assaulting Us by rehashing the events that brought Us terrible sadness does NOT allow Us to move forward in pride as a nation, as communities, as neighbors, as families.
It makes no emotionally-intelligent sense to continue to horrifically mourn the deceased for over a decade when We can honor each individual who perished on that day by celebrating their special gifts and contributions to their families and communities.
The attack on Our senses of non-stop, repeated footage of dreadful events is a tactic that keeps people docile with fear and loathing.
- Instead of tuning into non-stop-replays of The Towers coming down all day long and replayed over and over again on what passes for news TV;
- Instead of bombarding every channel with reading the names of the deceased for hours;
- Instead of tuning into h8te-mongers at pulpits inciting anti-love tactics in the name of their all-might-money-gods;
- Instead of staring at your brown-skinned and Muslim neighbors with suspicion; let Us consider evolving Our consciousness towards being a Better America;
- Instead of participating in ghoulish practices that bring an entire country’s vibration down, wouldn’t you much prefer to hear:
♥ about the wonderful ways that the victims inspired people?
♥ about the foundations and good works done in their names?
♥ how their memories are now supporting Our Better Lives?
Wouldn’t you feel inspired to be an American by knowing how Our communities have grown stronger and moved forward from tragedy instead of being bombarded by what is actually whining – not remembrance, and certainly not honor for the deceased?
Every “religious” tradition has wisdom that serves for Us to live Better Lives. Judaism offers the tradition of sitting shiva, which refers to “a seven-day period of formalized mourning by the immediate family of the deceased.”
“The psychological brilliance of Judaism is nowhere more apparent than in its carefully ritualized structure for dealing with grief. The open expression of sorrow is permitted, even encouraged. Yet, beginning with the family’s arrival at their home after burial, a process is set into motion that leads the bereaved gently but firmly back to life and the world of the living. The first stage in this gradual process of healing is called shiva.” – ReformJudaism.org
Note: Coincidence? Shiva, “The Auspicious One,” is the Hindu deity who is “the Creator, the Preserver, the Transformer, and the Destroyer.” In spiritual traditions, Shiva embodies The Cycle of Life. Interesting…
It’s time to create a New 9/11 Tradition of honor and pride.
We have the opportunity to build Better Communities by Being Better Neighbors. We have the opportunity to learn about Our differences – like how We pray – to strengthen Our similarities – like how We love Our children.
Let Us start by taking the time to honor and remember what makes this country great and turn the annual 9/11 debacle into a Day of Inspiration. We don’t need constant reminders of the horror; We need reminders of Our Greatness as a country made up of many different cultures, peoples, beliefs, and ways to love to be encouraged to be an even Better America. We need these reminders because We are bombarded on a daily basis with the most negative news and awful behaviors of people at their worst and little to no time is spent celebrating Us at Our Best.
We can change this NOW, this 9/11 and every one thereafter, by choosing:
- NOT to watch TV that day. (The same goes for turning your attention to gruesome news websites.) You don’t need to see those Towers fall ever again. If enough people tune out, media companies will feel the loss of advertising profits and attend to Our interests for a change;
- To organize and/or attend a community building event. How fortunate We are to live in the internet age and have socializing websites like Meetup and even craigslist to find events to commune with like minds and energies;
- To pay it forward. Do something for the future. In his wisdom and respect, President Obama declared 9/11 as a Day of Service, which is truly the highest way to honor Our deceased. Plant a tree; clean up a lot to create a community garden; see where there is a need in your community and show up to be a solution and contribution;
- Learn something new. The more We know, the more We grow. Especially if you’re a parent, take the opportunity to learn something new with your children to encourage their love of learning and sharing ideas. A good thing to learn about would be a high-holy day in a tradition different from your own so that you may enhance tolerance in yourself and your children for a better today and tomorrow.
These are just a few suggestions that work for Me. Please, do your thing. The fact that you and I have as much freedom to do what We want to do as We have, already makes Us better off than the majority of the people on this planet.
Let’s not waste any more time festering in horror and being negative; let’s rise up with honor and integrity and be inspired by how We have strengthened as a nation from tragedy.
— This article’s Twin Towers painting: Original artwork by Jim Watts (2002)
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The Mistress Didi*
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