Mallika Chopra: 9/11: What WILL you do for humanity on this day?

Today, on 9/11, I will remember honor my role as a mom to nurture my children, the global citizens of tomorrow.

What will you do on 9/11?

I was 5 months pregnant on 9/11.

When the first plane crashed, my mother, my father and my brother were on all different airplanes. I was awoken by a phone call that morning from my father, who was crying, panicked that my brother could be on one of the planes that crashed. As we watched the 2nd plane crash, we still did not know where he was. It was with immense relief that I wept after he called to say his plane had made an emergency landing in Detroit.

And then I was overwhelmed with grief and sadness as I realized that so many in our global family – our brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, friends, neighbors, teachers, nephews, nieces, aunts, cousins, children – had died in this terrible attack on humanity. A day later, while going for a walk, I fainted and ended up in the hospital. The stress from all the emotion combined with my pregnancy was too much for me to handle.

For me, the call of 9/11 was linked to becoming a mom. I found myself overwhelmed with anxiety, fear, trepidation of bringing a innocent life into a planet into a world that held so much violence.

However, over the next few months as stories poured in about the lives, the personalities, the dreams of those who perished, that fear transitioned into something powerful.

We learned of angels and heroes, everyday people who sacrificed everything, their very lives, to help another human. We saw people reach out to one another. A community, a nation, a world coming together to overcome.

We learned about friendship, gratitude, inspiration, forgiveness.

We learned about love. True love.

And, it became clear to me that my role as a mom was a very important one. Moms play a sacred role in our social quilt – we shape the citizens of tomorrow.

The “I Will” campaign has the intent to honor 9/11 by creating a movement built on people remembering through positive action. Join the movement by sharing a statement on what you will do on 9/11 on their website.

Our intent friends will love the I Will quilt (pictured right) – please check it out and contribute. We would love for you to share your I WILL on Intent, as well as any videos you create about how you will honor 9/11. (Add the hashtag #911day).

We will never fully release the sorrow of 9/11. But, I do believe we can get inspiration from the heroism and service of that day, and through positive action, we can each play our part in transforming our planet and giving back to our communities to heal.

Here are my dad’s and brother’s I Will videos:

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About Mallika Chopra

Mallika Chopra is a mom, media entrepreneur, and published author. She is the founder of Intent.com, a website focused on personal, social and global wellness. Her intent is to harness the power of social media to connect people from around the world to improve their own lives, their communities and the planet. Her books, "100 Promises To My Baby" and "100 Questions From My Child" have been translated and sold in dozens of countries worldwide. Her varied background includes launching the Heal The World Foundation in the 1990’s with Michael Jackson, being part of the initial team to re-launch MTV in India, and serving as a Health Ambassador for the Pepsi Refresh Everything Project in the US – an initiative that gave millions of dollars to individuals, non-profits and companies to for projects in their communities. Mallika is also the founder of The Chopra Well, a premiere YouTube channel, she launched with her brother, Gotham Chopra, and father, Deepak Chopra. Mallika enjoys speaking to audiences around the world, and has shared her passion about Intent at TedXBerkeley, Ideacity, Business Innovation Factory, the Green Festivals, LOHAS, The California Women’s Conference, The Prevention R3 Conference, and many more. Mallika has a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University, and MBA from Kellogg Business School. Mallika’s new book, "Living With Intent: My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace and Joy" will be released in April 2015.

Comments

  1. I will do what it humanly takes to love all people and refrain from negative thoughts , feelings, comments and live accordingly by being a better person than I was the day before.

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