I see all the people on social media recalling anger, terror, and grief and I can’t help but think something very important has been missed. Yes, I believe we all have it ingrained in our memories ‘what we were doing that day’. Yes, I believe we all shared in the grief of life loss even though they may not have been our loved ones. Many are saying that they are in the car listening to the radio and watching the news, who right now, is capitalizing on your compassion and love for others.
When I reflect on that day, I see that through suffering there can be and has been great change accomplished. When I remember how people in our nation started reaching out to each other, realizing that we are all one, If only for that moment. We banded together and realized that people who had loved ones in New York and Washington were no different than the loved ones we had all the way across the country.
It’s one of the very same reasons when we pass around a facebook photo of a uniformed service person holding a middle eastern child that we feel compassion and love, because that child is without a parent and we have children too about the same age. We realize that if the tables were turned, those children could easily be our own. Realizing we are all different but very much alike. One, If only for that moment. It is the reason to love, understand and have compassion.
Recalling over and over again on the negative emotions does nothing to serve your soul but only keeps you stuck in that moment. Many lives were changed forever, (those who lost loved ones, lives that ended, military service people who have been damaged physically, mentally and emotionally from war, marriages and families tattered devoured by the stress of war, our nation’s economy). Just as we don’t live our lives recalling the painful seconds of someone’s fatal car crash, I don’t see it as productive to recall year after year the moment you were stuck in time on 9/11/01. That is not progress. Seeing our countrymen and women being in service to each other in kinder words and actions is progress, seeing other countries send out love and compassion in our time of need is progress, seeing that you can’t fight fire WITH fire is progress.
While I will be remembering right alongside many of you today, I will be remembering things like how some children recall on the memories of the greatest parent they can think of, how courageous the legacy of service some provided to others was in those last moments of their lives, how we became better in the security of our homeland, how people ran to the aid of their country’s military because they thought they needed to do SOMETHING, anything to help. Love of people, love of country. Remember how love was the highest notion even when something terrible seemed to be in our faces, if only for that moment.