Sunday, September 11, 2011

Ten Years of Angels at Work

Ten years.  In some ways, it seems like it was yesterday.  In others, it seems like it was 25 years ago.  To those who lost a loved one, it probably feels like eternity. 

At my current job, the PR person sent out an email to ask if anyone wanted to be interviewed by the local paper about what they were doing on 9/11/01.  I gave it some thought and quickly dismissed responding to that email. I talked to a former coworker about my feelings later that week, to see what her feelings were.   You see, we worked for a company that played a role in communication with some of those passengers during their last moments.  And my former coworker is pretty much on the same page as I am. We choose to let that day be in the past.  At least as far as talking about it to others.  That being said, I want to re-post my 9/11 post from last year.  Because I still believe it to be true.  And it warms my heart to give this some thought.  I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.

As I sit here thinking about what I want to say in today's post, I'm overwhelmed. How do I say something unique to honor those who lost their lives nine years ago? What I want to say has been said so many times, by so many people. It feels trite. But to not say it seems disrespectful.

You see, I feel the way to honor each of those lives ended on 9/11/01 is to allow each of those angels the opportunity to create the peace in this world that we so desperately need.

This may seem simplistic but if you don't mind, follow with me for a short journey. Imagine you lost a loved one that day. (I know this is not such a stretch of the imagination for many of you). Think about the things you did, the fun you had, the way they made you feel when they walked into the room. When you think of that, are you filled with peace or anger? Chances are you feel the joy of that relationship. You feel the peace in your life that your guardian angel would want for you. You feel the peace that this world needs.

The news media these days certainly throws a lot at us to stir up anger. Whether it's about building a mosque at Ground Zero, or burning Qurans in Florida, it seems they want to keep those fires burning. Sometimes, the best way to extinguish those fires is to turn off the news.

Today, I choose to honor those angels who are working double time to combat all the anger in our world. Today, I choose to live a peaceful life. Today, I choose to thank those whose lives were given involutarily so that they can be the angels that remind us that peace in our world starts with each of us individually. Today, I choose joy and peace. And today, as always, I will not forget.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Things I Think I've Learned This Week...

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Angels among us!!  My brother went for his radiation yesterday and met with the oncologist after.  The nurse on duty explained to my brother that her dad had the same cancer.  She made sure my brother understood some points that will speed up his recovery.  Something he really needed to hear. I'm always in awe when I hear of the right person being in the right place, to say the right thing at the right time.   It's amazing when you really look at your life and realize that there really are angels in our midst.  
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All this talk about whether or not to bring technology to the classroom has some good points on both sides.  But until the decision is made to teach kids what they need to know instead of "teaching to the tests", we aren't going to grow as a nation. There's no getting around the fact that technology is here to stay.  We just need to learn how to make it work for us.

We need more business owners to be politicians, and more politicians need to learn how to run a business in order for the craziness in Washington, D.C. to stop.  I'm convinced that career politicians don't understand that you have to have the money before you spend it.  You don't create the money by giving back to people what they earned to begin with.  So, my solution...switch jobs.  See if you can understand how things work on the other side.  Then make decisions.  Or we'll vote your ass out!!

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Being the geek that I am, I printed and reviewed the President's Thursday night speech.  I took each paragraph and decided whether it was rhetoric, a suggestion, or a solution (does it give an answer, a "how" something needs to happen).  And here's what I came up with:  Out of 54 paragraphs, 45 were rhetoric, and 9 were ideas/suggestions.  None actually outlined anything new (but we were told that THAT would be coming next week).  In my humble opinion, that was quite a bit of hot air. Too bad for us, I guess.  We need solutions.  

I'm so grateful to my daughter's sister-in-law, Anna, for taking a beautiful picture of me with my grandkids.  She is an extremely talented photographer, and it truly shows that she loves capturing life.   
Photography by Anna Buti

I have had the honor of offering my input to the business plans of one of my very good friends as she develops a business that will offer her creativity to the world.  I can't wait to see what comes of it.  Maybe I should ask for stock options now, before she makes it to the big time!!!

I miss following up on everyone's blogs, and will probably take some time this weekend to catch up.  Also need to create a little to keep that part of my spirit fed. 

This weekend, each and every channel seems to be spending some time airing 9/11 "stuff".  I know I'm not alone in still grieving deeply on this anniversary.  But I truly wonder why they have to show some of the stuff they show.  Are they hoping to get the prize for "most gory details"? 

Okay, enough of my opinions and things I've learned this week.  Just leave me a comment with yours.  I'm off to read some of your blogs.