As Number 2 to Laura's SAL, I'm pleased to do my first mission in a few months. This mission is very personal and important to me. Thanks to Laura, I'm posting it myself, as me. -- Vivian
Number 2 performs a special mission of kindness.
Date: September, 11, 2010
Location: Islamic Center of Pittsburgh
For as long as I can remember, I've studied religion. Not just one, but all major religions and several "minor" religions. I'm intrigued by the beliefs that hold people tight, the words that shape the lives of families, and the rituals followed on a daily basis. I grew up in a family that didn't have religion so as a youngster, I was not able to experience something so amazing as belief to keep with me. I wasn't raised in a culture that stressed spirituality. In a way, I think this allowed me to be more open, more accepting, more tolerant to many different religions and those who study them. I love to see the interactions of those who truly love to serve. It matters not their background, I think, as long as giving, kindness, and love are motivating forces.
Today, this country remembers a terrible tragedy. I will not speculate on the reasons why. I will only say that we should find strength in hope, love, togetherness, and faith. Regardless of our affiliations, we are all still one, we are humans who all deserve to be treated with dignity. And I do believe that dignity is not dependent on affiliations, no matter the type.
My mission today was a handwritten note dedicated to the members of the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh.
I also included a few decorative doilies with words of LOVE written on them.
As difficult as today is for many, I imagine that those who attend services at the Center may have a tough day as well.
I want those attending the Center to know that for so many of us, love is the only answer. And that means Be Kind, No Exceptions.
At this point in my life, I found a faith, a spiritual path to guide me in my everyday interactions. I am blessed to have a guiding force that gives me the strength and courage needed to simply make it through some days. When I need extra strength, I look to my family, my friends, and my beloved Pittsburgh community, every single member.