September brings us to the nine month mark of the year and as I think about the time that has passed since that tragic Tuesday in 2001, I always come back to one question. Why?
The sun was out and people were greeting the morning just like any other day. But when night fell and we entered into Wednesday September 12th, our world had changed forever.
The way we travel has changed, our financial health is still failing even now, ten years after the attacks and certain jokes we used to tell are no longer funny. The infants of the men and women who were taken from us on that fateful day are growing up and learning more about the world around them, some of them without their mom, dad or both parents.
Yes, we have learned a lot since then, our military intelligence has been enhanced, the key figure and mastermind of the killings as well as a lot of his network have been taken out, but we are still left with the memories of the people and the buildings that used to stand so tall.
So how can we honor them? By loving one another each day like it will be our last. By putting selfish needs for fame, political offices and greed away. All around the world there is pain, hunger, strife, loneliness and war. With each senseless death we say how horrible it is, but access to guns has never been easier.
On Sept 11th as we honor our fallen, we will remember, cry and hug one another. We will read accounts that take us back to that day. We will remember heroes who just like the sapphire gem, showed just how tough and resilient they were. Just like the sapphire which comes in colors of white, brown, blue, orange, pink and yellow, people from many different cultural backgrounds and skin colors stood strong that day and helped when they could. They walked down numerous flights of stairs in the World Trade Center towers carrying people who couldn't make the journey on their own. They donated money and brought food, water and clothing to people who had been rescued and prayed over the ones who succumbed. For that day and days after we were one.
In our socially and economically turbulent times we need to remember how we responded to a national tragedy. Two words come to mind.
Anyone who had a soul was touched by this tragedy and needed spiritual healing during and afterwards to cope and survive. The towers are gone and a memorial is taking their place. The rubble and ashes have been cleaned up and done away with but we still are standing in the wreckage. This time it is one of our own making. We need to work together to restore the strength of the United States in every aspect. How can we help others globally if we are still in fragments at home?
So use this month to challenge yourself to be more loving, work harder and find solutions instead of tearing your friends, family or your government down. Remember who you were on September 11th and how you helped your friends, family, co-workers and nation to heal. Rewind the tape and tap into your best self. It shouldn't take a tragic event for us to support one another.
Remember and never forget...
To read about the history of September 11th go here: The September 11 Digital Archive