What is a Snowball of Vigilance? How do you use it to attack the
Beast of Terror? Do you pack three Snowballs of Vigilance
with you throughout the day to protect yourself from the Triad of
Terrorism? How about your children? Are they
armed to ward off Fear, Intimidation and Complacency? Find
out how your Snowballs of Vigilance can keep the Beast of Terror at
January 29, 2004—Ground Zero Plus 869
Angels Throwing Snowballs At The Beast Of Terror
GROUND ZER0, New York, N.Y.--Jan. 29, 2004 -- Imagine looking up at
huge snowflakes parachuting down on New York City and a beautiful
little five-year-old girl, with her head arched skyward, her arms
spread wide, standing on the sidewalk exclaiming to her grandmother:
"Look, G-Ma, the angels are throwing snowballs!"
snowflakes looked like snowballs
That was the scene the other day as New York City braced for a
snowstorm. The little girl had just stepped off a bus with
her grandmother. Huge snowflakes, the size of
dollar-pancakes, lilted downward, great white mushroom shapes that
indeed looked like snowballs.
I thought about what the little
girl had said: "Angels throwing snowballs." It was a
beautiful message. There was no cap on this child's
imagination. More importantly, her grandmother stood with
her, arching her face toward the army of giant snowflakes, and let
them land on her face in symphony with her granddaughter.
I wondered about the Vigilance shown
by the little girl's parents and grandparents. How beautiful it
must be to instill in a child the idea that angels exist, and that
they are present in the everyday events of life.
What kind of love did it take to help
a child see angels high in the sky tossing snowballs the shapes of
As I stood watching the scene unfold,
I imagined the Beast of Terror scuttling about, trying to dodge the
"angels' snowballs." If the angels were throwing
snowballs, they were targeting the Beast of Terror, laughing at him as
he ducked and weaved, like some neighborhood bully caught exposed by
the people of the community who had had enough and were rallying
of Courage, Conviction and Right Actions made the Beast of Terror
thought of the Beast cowering, trying to duck a Snowball of Courage
zeroing in on the Fear he tried to implant into the community.
There was the Snowball of Conviction,
flung at the Beast's desire to Intimidate others, to make them feel
less than, not as good as, not as worthy as others.
Most importantly was the Snowball of
Right Actions that benefit the Children's Children's Children.
It smacked the Beast right in the breadbasket, hitting the Beast's
reservoir of Complacency geared to drive people and communities into
thinking they are powerless over change, that they can't make a
difference so why try.
"Angels throwing snowballs...."
Yes. But for what purpose? To quench the
fires of Terrorism within one's mind and soul, I thought.
To symbolize the beauty of Hope and the magic of Vigilance.
I realize that for a child or
adult to see the beauty of life and all its majestic bounty, the Beast
of Terror must first be shooed out of its roost, driven from its lair
within one's thoughts.
The angels' snowballs were part of
were throwing snowballs at the little girl
I knew the
little girl had Parents of Vigilance who taught her how to see life's
beauty, not its underbelly. Some children might look
up and see snowflakes falling and think of them as rocks, pelting
them, just another example of how their lives were ravaged by
Terrorism. These children may not have Parents of
Vigilance. They may go to bed at night fearful of the dark,
seeing bogeymen in the shadows of the closet, under the bed, and
wondering if they were loved enough.
It was refreshing to hear the child's
exclamations. It was more refreshing to see the
grandmother join the little girl in sharing the magical moment.
And, it was wonderful to imagine the
Beast of Terror being pelted by the Snowballs of Vigilance.
You can help your children and loved
ones throw Snowballs of Vigilance at the Beast of Terror.
You can help
your children and loved ones throw Snowballs of Vigilance at the
Beast of Terror
Think of the
Pledge of Vigilance as a snowball. Each day, you can pack
the Principles of Vigilance--Courage, Conviction and Right Actions for
future generations--into a nice, firm snowball and stick it in your
Don't worry, if you live in Florida
or Southern California, Snowballs of Vigilance won't melt.
Then, when you're going about your
day and the Triads of Terrorism--Fear, Intimidation and
Complacency--try to make you slip and slide on the icy path Terrorism,
you simply reach into your pocket and fling your Snowball of Vigilance
down the throat of the Beast of Terror.
The Beast doesn't like snow.
It's pure. It quenches the fire and smoke that the Beast
likes to exhaust like a flamethrower. He can't singe your
self-worth, or use his fiery breath to make you cower in Intimidation,
or roar like angry thunder and drive you into a state of helpless
It may be good to pack three
snowballs in your pocket each day. One for Courage to
neutralize Fear, one for Conviction to ice over Intimidation, and one
for Right Actions that benefit the Children's Children's Children to
drown out any conflagrations of Complacency that might try to strangle
you into inaction.
enough Snowballs of Vigilance
to supply your children......
importantly, if you have children, don't forget to pack their lunch
boxes with Snowballs of Vigilance--at least three of them.
Let them know they are armed to
battle the beast of Terror.
Let them know that the Angels of
Vigilance will help them drive the Beast of Terror away, just as David
was able to defeat Goliath, with their Snowballs of Vigilance.
And, if for some reason you're not
into snowballs, just give your kids a big hug and let them know you
love them. Your love will be the biggest Snowball of
Jan 28--Wrestling The Beast Of Terror To Victory