Reflections: 9.11 – A Decade And A Year Later…
“Those whose lives were lost on September 11 will remain in our thoughts and prayers forever.” Vito Fossella
“When I look out the window, I exhale a prayer of thanks for the color green, for my children’s safety, for the simple acts of faith like planting a garden that helped see us through another spring, another summer. And I inhale some kind of promise to protect my kids’ hopes and good intentions we began with in this country. Freedom of speech, the protection of diversity — these are the most important ingredients of American civil life and my own survival. If I ever took them for granted, I don’t know.” –Barbara Kingsolver
It’s been 11 years since the horrific September 11 attacks occurred. We live in a world that has seen revolution in many parts; changes in governments and calls for the end of oppressive regimes. There is still so much work to do on the path to global peace and equity… My heartfelt prayers and hugs go out to all who have lost loved ones to acts of violence, may justice prevail.
Memories: Remembering 9.11…
It took a long while to reconnect with the city again… and now, ten years later, we pause to reflect, mourn the many lost, and vow to never forget… The new North and South Memorial Pools, the Tribute in Light and more offer hope and peace. I offer prayers and plant fall flowers to honor the dead and encourage the living. May all find peace and comfort on this day… My heart and healing wishes go out to all the families that lost a loved one on 9.11. What do you do to remember?
“Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11.” –President Barack Obama
“Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children.” –President George W. Bush, November 11, 2001
Above and below, I’ve shared some of my thoughts/reflections from previous writings and also the reflections of others. Let us resolve to treat each other with dignity, love, and respect for life. Blessings to all.
Welcoming Another Decade: Of the many memories I will cherish from the last decade, 9/11 will remain the most powerful and painful. Others revolve around work, family, health, travel, and many learning and growth opportunities. I tried out a few new career paths, I ate and traveled plenty and watched my children grow. I welcomed nieces into my extended family, I said goodbye to a few friends and in-laws, I recuperated from a few health scares, celebrated many birthdays and read a lot… September 11 left an indelible impact on many of us… May we always remember to stand for peace. More below!
“For me and my family personally, September 11 was a reminder that life is fleeting, impermanent, and uncertain. Therefore, we must make use of every moment and nurture it with affection, tenderness, beauty, creativity, and laughter.” –Deepak Chopra, M.D.
The attacks of September 11th were intended to break our spirit. Instead we have emerged stronger and more unified. We feel renewed devotion to the principles of political, economic and religious freedom, the rule of law and respect for human life. We are more determined than ever to live our lives in freedom. —Rudolph W. Giuliani. December 31, 2001
It is remarkable to look back and remember how it seemed, on that day, that the world was coming to an end. We have prevailed; our prayers and goodwill will continue to uplift all the families of those who perished in the carnage, and uplift all who work to maintain peace in our world. What are your thoughts? What memories of 9. 11. come to mind? Where were you and what do you remember? Do share! Thank you. 😦
Positive Motivation Tip: Remember to love and respect yourself and others… Each act of kindness reverberates around the world…
- Tribute in Light Revisited (duncandavidson.com)
- Memories: Remembering 9.11… (eof737.wordpress.com)
- Testing the Tribute of Light in New York (photoblog.nbcnews.com)
- The National September 11 Memorial at dusk (photoblog.nbcnews.com)
- Pause and Reflect ~ 9/11 Memorial, NYC (marinachetner.com)
- WTC Tribute Lights Up Manhattan Skyline (manhattan.ny1.com)
- Eleven Years Later, the Nation Reflects on the Tragedy of 9/11 (nation.time.com)
- 9/11: A Day of Reflection. (mcgsquared.wordpress.com)