I have a friend who I have been close with since we were in kindergarten. That is 31 years of friendship. More than half of our relationship has been spent on opposite sides of the planet from each other. She lives in London and I live in Vancouver. Fortunately we are both good at corresponding and avid emailers. I have been to London a couple times and the last trip was over Christmas about 12 years ago. Even then there were issues with bombs and other terrorist acts so we didn’t take The Tube very often. At that time it was the IRA who targeted transport over the holidays. I remember thinking then how I couldn’t understand the mentality behind these acts.
I could go on about how terrorism works and how terrible it all is but the news is doing a great job of that as I type. I have to admit being a Canadian makes these things still seem very far away. It is hard for me to think about what I can do to change anything. I feel very small and helpless in the grand scheme of things as a single individual. I am so thankful that my friend and her family are ok but I know there are many families out there, not just in London, who have lost a loved one today in a violent act. I have thought about what I can do today to affect change with small steps and came up with this. I can be more tolerant and understanding. I can be more loving to my family. I can be kind to others. I can vote in every election. I can donate time and money. I can teach a young person empathy and compassion. I believe every little bit helps.