Last Friday was the 14th anniversary of 9/11 and in July it was the 10th anniversary of the 7/7 bombings in London. I like many people have my own story of where I was on both of those days.

On the 9th of September 2001, I was sitting in a press office watching the horror of the twin towers unfold on the big screen, but on July 7th 2005, I was standing at a tube stop watching the situation play out, in real time, in front of my own eyes.

I was waiting for the Piccadilly line, wondering what the delay was when I was evacuated from the station. I had only been in London for a week and was on the way to my new job. Little did I know at the time that a bomb had been detonated on the Piccadilly line tube – killing 26 people.

As the day unfolded it became clear it was one of four bombs. Three on underground trains and one on a bus and the number of casualties was increasing by the hour.

I remember leaving the station scared and bewildered, wondering what on earth was going on and feeling incredibly lost and alone.

I was new in the city; a little country girl all by herself in the big smoke. I had no idea where I was or how I would get to where I needed to go, when I suddenly realised I wasn’t alone at all.

In fact, there were thousands of other people around me and they were all thinking exactly the same thing.

As I wandered along the street considering how I could get home, I struck up random conversations with other people on the street and ended up walking in convoy with hundreds of other people down roads I had never explored before.

Commuters who would normally keep their heads down, lost in their own world, suddenly opened up and engaged with each other in a very kind and considerate way..

The wonderful thing was that out of all the chaos and terror, believe it or not, I saw more love that day, then I have ever experienced in London, I think ever since.

Fellow travellers offered each other support; taxi drivers shepherded people home; strangers stopped and talked to each other on the streets and friends and loved ones phoned and sent so many messages that eventually the mobile networks went into melt down.

The outpouring of love was immense.

On that day 10 years ago – the week I moved to London – it seemed that for one day everyone was connected. The city released the idea of ‘separateness’ and out of the tragedy we all realised that we are intrinsically linked. We truly all are connected to each other.

Amidst the heartache and loss in that moment, we realised that we had no other choice but to turn to something much bigger than ourselves and much bigger than fear.

What did we do?… We turned to love.

This is why, I feel reassured that despite the difficulties facing the world today. Despite the atrocities, terror attacks and humanitarian disasters  occurring in our life time. Despite the fear and terror that many are faced with in their day-to-days lives. Our capacity to unite and show love and compassion for our fellow human beings will always be stronger than any hate attacks or attempts to thwart this.

The current evidence of this, of course, is overwhelmingly being demonstrated in the outpouring of love and compassion now being shown towards the plight of the Syrian refugees. As people across the world rise up together to show their support and solidarity for their fellow human comrades.

No matter what race, creed, colour or nation of origin, beneath the surface we know we are one of the same, and I for one hope that if we were ever to find ourselves homeless or displaced in some way, we could rely on others to help us too.

It seems unfortunate in a way that it is often the large human tragedies that seem to draw out our very humanity  and capacity to love.

Although we can all play our part in opening our hearts when these big events occur, it’s important that we should all endeavour to reconnect to that ‘oneness’, that ‘bigger love’ in our days-to-day lives too. Let’s not wait for the next disaster. Why not smile at that stranger on the street today or help out that person, in need, in your life right now?

Together we can make a commitment to stand united – just like we did that day in London 10 years ago. Bringing that love and compassion we shared into the collective consciousness and shining a brighter light into our future.

Because we truly are all connected to one another.

We truly are all one.

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