Where where you at 8:46 a.m. on Tuesday, September 11, 2001? Many of you reading this blog were in a middle school classroom, and may not have been old enough to fully understand the significance of the September 11th attacks when they happened. Even those of us who were older at the time of the attacks, may have been dealing with such shock and disbelief that we were not able to fully process the significance of what we were witnessing.
Hopefully when the nation reflects ten years later we are moved to appreciate the profound questions that the horrific events of 9/11/01 raise. What brings people, individuals and groups, to have so much hatred that they can plot and carry out savage attacks killing thousands? What big and small things am I doing every day to promote peace, understanding, and acceptance of people who are different from me?
On the morning of September 11, 2001, the 2,997 victims and 411 emergency workers – all someone’s son, daughter, husband, wife, father, mother, sister, brother, or friend – went to work for the very last time. If today was your last day to get up and go to work, would you be satisfied with what you have done with your life? Have you enjoyed your life? Have you done something you are proud of? Do you try to make a positive impact in your own small way each day?
Life is not a dress rehearsal – you don’t get a second time around. So if your life isn’t working for you, start doing something about it today. Make a changed life your remembrance to the victims of September 11th.