Friday, September 11, 2009

9/11 . . . Still

I am repeating last year's blog because really, our hearts will never change.
It's hard to write about anything today, without remembering the date and it's importance in our lives. No matter where you live in the world, 9/11 is the date America was attacked and shaken from our collective innocense. It is burned in our memories and our hearts, and even though seven years have passed since that day, it is so important that we keep alive the horror and outrage, as well as the compassion for our brothers and sisters who perished, and their families who still pay the immeasurable price of their loss every day. Those who stepped up and helped us dig out of the rubble and are doing it still; the police, fire and medical responders and the armed forces were there almost instanteously, doing what had to be done. They have not stopped yet.
No matter what your politics are, the party that I want to be most affiliated with is that of Citizen. No one asked your political affiliations that day. "American" was enough. Imagine if we could keep that same sense of purpose and mission in our everyday lives, we would pay tribute to those whose lives were taken so tragically and brutally. We could accomplish so much if we put aside our petty differences and worked towards a future that held promise instead of fear. On a day like today, it is easy to believe that is possible, because the memories of 9/11/01 are still so fresh. We don't have to just dream of a country that works together, we can still remember it.
Whatever you do today, keep that memory in your heart and make the world a better place, a kinder place and a safer place. Even if it's just your neighborhood, honor those whose lives were taken. Live your life well and be a friend to someone who needs. A random act of kindness in honor of 9/11. Not really hard when you think of the sacrifices that have been made. Not hard at all.

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