7/7 – The London Bombings, 5 years on…
Posted by jorbell on July 7, 2010
July the 7th 2010 is the 5th anniversary of the London bombings where 52 people were killed in four separate but co-ordinated terrorist attacks. I would like to take the opportunity to reproduce one of my articles that was written about those tragic events that seeks to explain how small, seemingly meaningless, decisions, can have a massive impact on people’s lives.
None of us are here forever but we still change the World
Where we are in our lives today is essentially the end results of two seperate series of actions that run alongside each other. One is based on our own internal decision making and how we react to the situations we are faced with and the other are the external events over which we have absolutely no control. Making the distinction between them both is very important.
What is difficult to comprehend is that what happens to us today could be traced back to borderline decisions made hundreds and thousands of years ago. The future changes with any decision any of us make no matter how trivial it seems in the greater scheme of things.
If we think back to the London bombings in July 2005 we can look at many peoples lives completely changed, not just for the unfortunates who were killed and injured, but for the family and friends who have had to deal with the aftermath. In fact we’ve all been affected in some ways because our attitudes will change with respect to travelling in London and what we feel for certain members of society, it can’t not have an impact.
The fate of a young Polish woman killed in the blasts affected me more than most as our paths so nearly crossed. Karolina Gluck was an administrator at the William Goodenough College, a location where my company were to stage a conference a few weeks later.
What happened to her that day could’ve been so different. A decision whereby she may have hit the radio alarm snooze button instead of getting up straightaway or pausing to watch the weather report on TV or stopping to give someone directions may have impacted whether she was on that tube train on that terrible day. Trains pass through the stations every few minutes and it doesn’t take much to find that we’ve inadvertently put ourselves in a danger zone.
We mustn’t dwell on the ifs and buts as we’d never leave the house but we should note that there are things we simply cannot do anything about. If we deal with what we can change – our thoughts and our decisions – we take the pressure off ourselves.
We will never know if we will have to face a situation like poor Karolina but we can at least be confident in knowing that if focus on what we can change we will have done all we can in our goal to where we want to be in our lives. Blaming others – even the bombers in this instance – is not going to change anything however difficult to accept that is. It is our reaction to those events that will determine how we will be as people in the future.
A colleague of mine recently lost both his mother and wife in the space of a month which must have been very difficult situation to come to terms with. It’s the thought that none of us are here forever. If we want to make a real difference – as opposed to being mostly just affected by events – we need to stand up and be counted.
It was interesting to be told by my colleague that the actions of his wife in the past affects his present and his families future even though she’s not here today. We remain in peoples thoughts and therefore the moment we pass on does not mean that our ability to affect those around us stops. All our actions have a knock on effect on some level. Our reaction to a situation affects how other people react to us, themselves and the subject matter.
Do our actions inspire or depress others? It’s worth thinking about how we see ourselves in the world? It’s important to be comfortable with the ‘why?’ of doing stuff. Are we doing it while comparing ourselves to others or are we doing it from a presonal integrity/values standpoint – because it’s right and proper?
Let me know what you think.