When Terror Strikes Posted in: Mindfulness Yesterday’s bombings in Brussels disturbed me greatly. I was in that airport last summer on a trip with my daughter. I have been thinking of the kind lady who helped us with a travel delay. I hope she is ok. I’m sure the terror in Brussels horrified you as well. Or maybe, after regular exposure to these events, you are numb to the violence in our world. Desensitization and acceptance of a world in turmoil has become “normal” for many of us. Our brains simply have to find a way to cope. However, I do want to talk about what it feels like to live in a world of terror. That’s the goal of terrorism, right? For us to feel terror. It worked yesterday. I got it. And I really really don’t want to minimize yesterday and try to give all of us a quick and easy way to manage our emotions in 500 words or less. It isn’t possible. It just isn’t. This concept of terror and victimization doesn’t sit well with me. Despite living in a world where horrible things happen, we aren’t powerless. We still hold our perspectives, our own emotions, our connections, our way of living. And there is a wealth of power there! Today we can view the world as frightening and doomed, or we can look for beauty, hope and possibility. Seeing beautiful doesn’t mean the negative doesn’t exist, but it does require making room for more than just the terror. It is complicated and difficult, and it is worth the effort. This is one decision we make for ourselves. Victor Frankl said it best. “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” In the midst of horrible photos and stories in Brussels I have seen glimpses of hope, people coming together to help one another. I’m always wowed by the capacity of the human spirit in times of crises and this time is no exception. There is still beauty in this world, and in this day, and in this moment… Look for it.