Rachel’s Post: Fear Itself

When you stop living, you start letting them win.

Robert and I spent this week in Norway, and were on a train to the western coast yesterday, when a bomb went off in downtown Oslo.  A right-wing extremist attempted to kill the Norwegian Prime Minister, and shot a lot of youths at a Labour Party summer camp yesterday. It has been a shock to the entire nation of Norway, and people today are asking how such terrorism could happen.  They are a very peaceful country, and have not seen this extent of violence since World War II.

After a tragedy strikes, people have a tendency to stop living life and start living in fear. It’s the typical snail-shell effect:  something scary comes toward you and you shrink back into your safe place. It’s a natural reaction. What is not healthy is to stay inside that snail shell forever. Signs of fear like this have been posted for visitors to the city:

However, I was proud to see the Norwegians picking up the pieces as early as 7:00 a.m. this morning.

Groceries set out their fruit, and cafes served their lattes, even as glass was being swept out from under their storefronts. There is heightened security around the Parliament building, Royal Palace, and government square where the bomb went off.  Two soldiers are posted at each cross-street.

You have to keep moving.  Cautiously and with greater knowledge than before, but moving forward.

A life lived in fear is not a life lived.

Safe in Norway and still moving,

2 Responses to “Rachel’s Post: Fear Itself”

  1. Helen Quiring July 23, 2011 at 11:17 am #

    I’m so glad you are with Robert on this trip! I am enjoying your posts and think the idea of living in the face of adversity is the correct one.

  2. Kristen McGregory July 23, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

    Very Moving Rachel! So true.

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