Haiku: In Remembrance…
“The living owe it to those who no longer can speak to tell their story for them.” Czesław Miłosz
On a clear fall day
Steel birds falling from our skies
The World Trade Center
As we honor the memory of those who lost their lives on this day, I can’t help but look to Milosz’s quote above. We remember the events and share the stories so others won’t forget; we speak up so all of us will remember to say a prayer and lift up the spirits of the 2,996 people killed in terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. How did we cope?
As part of the Healing theme for September, BlogHer suggested we read Elizabeth Kübler-Ross’s model of the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Many of us experienced some or all of these stages after 9/11 and, eventually, found a way to make peace with it. Peace = Acceptance. It was, probably, the hardest stage to embrace. Where were you on that fateful day? What do you remember? How did you cope?
“Of joys departed, not to return, how painful the remembrance.” Robert Blair
Buildings left burning
By a series of attacks
Many left bereft
How could this happen?
Surreal. Frozen. Shocking tales
It is still shocking to remember that in a matter of a few hours, we felt under siege, as two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center in Manhattan. As we reeled in horror, a third plane flew into The Pentagon costing the loss of more lives. Then a fourth plane dove into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, rounding out a day of tremendous pain and suffering for families around the world. The WTC was a great gathering place for workers and visitors from around the world… The toll was global. What do you remember? How do we prevent this from happening again?
“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
Each simple service
Each candle lit for the dead
A nation healing
Pain replaced with gratitude
Spirits lifted up…
As we reminisce about 2001, we can find comfort in the progress made in healing this nation and rebuilding the WTC. History teaches us to pay attention and to prevent the continuation of acts that divide our global family. Let’s honor those who passed, give hugs to those who survived, and work together to bring peace to our homes, workplaces, communities and globally. We can start from wherever we stand. What are your thoughts?
Positive Motivation Tip: Remember to honor, love and respect the memory of all who lost their lives on 9/11 … Each thought and prayer of goodwill reverberates around the world…