Unfortunately, due to un-relentless stomach illnesses with two of my boys, I was unable to fill my personal goal of writing 11 days straight in honor of those who lost their lives 10 years ago today during the attack on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, the fourth plane who’s lives were sacrificed and for those who have fought for our freedom.
This ‘lapse’ got me thinking. As I honor those affected by 9-11, I also wanted to draw people’s attention to the fact that to some extent, we have forgotten. Now, I know that sounds horribly insensitive…especially on the 10 year anniversary. But, please, hear me out. Although today most everyone clearly remembered those events, the rest of the time I feel that we have lost that resilience and unity we had immediately following 9-11.
There is a parallel to what happened in my writing and the course of the last ten years. I had to put my personal goal of writing for 11 days to the side and attend to life at hand. As a whole, we’ve slowly sunk back into our routines to attend to life. Leaving behind our goals of being dedicated, patriotic, helpful citizens.
I’m just as guilty as the next person. BUT. I strongly feel that should change. So many people get wrapped up in politics and who did wrong that we are consumed with being first and being right. I’m not shy to admit that I chose not to listen to the radio, watch the news on TV or read a daily newspaper. At times I might venture onto Yahoo! but that’s usually as far as I go. I didn’t know about Bin Laden until 2 days after the fact. Some might consider this as being an irresponsible citizen and voter. The largest benefit is that it keeps me optimistic and lessens my anxiety level. My other argument is that a large portion of the time, the information delivered by the media is incorrect. Even when it is correct, what right do we have to judge? I’ve certainly never been in the shoes of a congresswoman nor have I walked the life of our President or the highest ranked military officer. Have you? It can’t be easy and we can’t expect perfection from those in these positions.
Get the point…right? It’s actually very simple.
Let’s not only remember 9-11 during the first weeks of September. Remember it everyday.
Try not to expect perfection from everyone, remind yourself that you have never truly walked in another persons shoes. To me, this means I am not qualified to judge them.
Help others. Treat others as you expect to be treated. Be thankful.
My final challenge to all of us, including myself, is to find one little thing that we can do everyday which will help honor those precious lives that have been lost.
It may not change the world, but it will start the ball rolling.
Laugh more. Love more. LIVE more!!