Terrorism – what’s the answer?
Yesterday we woke up to hear the news of another terror attack in the UK. Today as I reflect on the event my feelings swim from confusion, to numbness to helplessness.
I want to help, to offer support, yet I don’t know what to do or how to help.I am not one of the people who is facing a future without a loved one, or a future with injuries. I am not facing a future endlessly replaying the horror of that night in my mind.
Rather than become suffocated by the cycle of fear-mongering news I turn my attention to the compassion and courage of those who helped others at the scene. The countless acts of love as strangers reached out to those in need.
Something catches my eye. I glance out of the window and notice the faithful swallows flitting backwards and forwards as they feed their fledglings.These two birds are intent on only one thing, keeping their young safe and feeding them until they’re independent. There’s something soothing in their focus.
The simplicity of their mission seems somewhat discordant with the confusion I feel inside. Nature is blissfully ignorant. I try to imagine what it would be like to be in this space of ignorance. What would it be like to have no worries about terrorism, elections, climate change or getting old?
Whilst I have no answers to these questions I find that when my mind settles then there is hope. The glimmer for me is to turn attention to the younger generation, to the children.
We are so proud to share the Inside-Out understanding in education. We point to the resilience that resides within. We work with the leaders and they in turn start to share this with the school community. It isn’t fast, it is slow, like ice thawing after winter. But it is something.
I’ll leave you with this Syd Banks quote which we find inspiring:
“If we can get together and help the youth see the simplicity of life, see that they have this beauty inside of them, to see they have this power within them, the youth will grow up very very wise and this world will change and become a far far better place to live in.” – Syd Banks
About Liz Scott & Stuart Newberry
Liz Scott & Stu Newberry are Coaching Skills trainers and 3P practitioners. They help develop coaching cultures within schools and organisations. Liz & Stu use their understanding of the 3Ps within their training and are experiencing great successes and results in the organisations they are working in. Download an Introduction to the Three Principles here.
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