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.