Gunfire. Shouts. Horrific screams. The sounds will never leave those who were in the suburbs of Riccarton and Linwood a year ago today. Nor for those who heard them through the media.
Within the Arabic context, the number seven is a metaphor for infinity or completion. In Islam, seven is directly linked to the power of the divine. There are at least seven distinct attributes infinitely connected to people of this time following the atrocity of March 15, 2019.
• The Ripple Effect: How the Christchurch mosque shootings shattered a nation's heart
• The Ripple Effect: Life after March 15 - faith and new beginnings
• The Ripple Effect: The day after - horror of March 15 dawns on a country forever changed
• The Ripple Effect: Hope, fear and gun laws - the fallout from March 15
Heroism: Over the past week, we have revisited the actions of those in Christchurch and found, if anything, more reason to be awestruck with the way lives were saved and further harm was prevented.
Compassion: The outpourings of sympathy and care in the days following March 15 were unprecedented. New Zealanders discovered, in themselves, a strong heart and desire to put their arms around those traumatised.
Consciousness: Godzone awakened from the slumber of the old, laconic "she'll be right" to acknowledge some sectors of social media, in particular, were not right at all. The Christchurch Call in Paris sought to confront this head-on for the first time.
Forgiveness: Islam teaches forgiveness, and survivors, almost to a person, uttered the word. We may still find it difficult, nonetheless now we know it allows us to accept peace over perpetuating violence and leads to empowerment.
Strength: Fuelled by forgiveness, we can be emboldened to ensure justice, not vengeance, prevails for the crimes committed this time a year ago. Tackling gun law has also drawn on a resolve as never before.
Stoicism: New Zealanders have prided ourselves on this for generations. This historic day fortified the unflinching face, and added a "talk to the hand" reply to those who might continue to spout hate, even on the so-called harmless fringes.
Unity: As Simon Wilson put it, in his review this weekend of who we are now: "Maha tātou, kotahi mātou. We are many and we are one." This generation is now one, the one which heard the shots, the shouts, the heartrending screams.
One year on: Lives put on hold by the mosque attacks
Let our "ripple effect" be the seven values we found in ourselves following March 15, 2019.