As I mentioned in last Sunday's newsletter, the events in Afghanistan have affected me deeply. Regardless of the political spin on the situation, we have let the Afghan people down by giving them hope for 20 years, and then turned our back on them.
That's a lot more than bad political judgement. That's betrayal. Millions of people counted on the West to actually care about them, and not just be interested in its own agenda, but as it turned out, we don't really give a damn. Had there been oil or minerals in the ground in Afghanistan, it would have been different, no doubt.
However, instead of being disillusioned, let's try to explore it and learn a few lessons from this tragedy. As writers, we have a calling of putting words on life, and this is as good a time as any to do it. I would even go as far as saying, we have an obligation to write about it.
During the past few days, thousands of people have said their last goodbyes to their loved ones, and it reminded me of one of the oldest writing exercises for personal development. I have done it multiple times myself and taught it to many people over the years, and it really puts things in perspective. It makes you think twice about your choices in life.
So what I want you to do this week is this: