In the midst of the chaos created, as I watched the coordinated, powerful, courageous and respectful way the security and emergency services reacted to events – I was humbled by and proud of our city’s first responders. They took immediate charge and remained incredible respective of the citizens they serve. As I watched news coverage I was refreshed by the responsible and non-sensationalist way information was conveyed to keep people informed. I was relieved that there wisdom and respect in its delivery. And as I watched the sadness, compassion, kindness and loving response of fellow Canadians I was invigorated by the love and goodness that Canadians live by every day and is magnified in times of tragedy! I was reassured that this will not turn our country into a place of fear, hatred, anger, false assumptions or darkness.
Here is what I have been reminded of ( and inspired by ! ) about the great majority of Canadians:
We are a wise, humble and proud people – people who will not be turned into fearful, reactive, hateful people by world events – even when they land our doorstep.
We are capable of remaining calm and reflective – and willing to reflect on doing the right thing in the right way – even when filled with great darkness. This gives me great faith in these times.
We are an open culture – and we are capable of seeing the difference between a culture, or a religion, and a deranged extremist action.
We understand the need and willingness to protect and nurture what is good and right – and we will always be present to support those in crisis or in need.
Love prevails – always has and always will.
And, love trumps fear!