September 11th was an important day in my life. At 9:30 that morning, I was sitting on a plane at Boston’s Logan airport about to head to California to deliver a speech. Needless to say, we never took off and instead, I spent several hours in lockdown at the airport while the horrific event unfolded.
As a result, I feel a special connection to those who lost their lives that day. I think of them often and do my best to never take for granted the privilege of still being here.
When this anniversary comes around, it’s always a quiet, reflective time. I take long walks, pay attention to my dreams, and notice the little things that make life sweet – a heartfelt hug from a friend, an unexpected hummingbird at my window, the sound of the wind in the trees, or the yellow finches dancing at the feeders.
Isn’t it amazing how much joy can be found in little life moments?
I invite you to join me in honoring those who lost their lives and the loved ones who no longer have the luxury of sharing weddings, graduations, births and holidays. Ask yourself:
Do the people I love know it?
Am I spending my precious time and energy on what matters most?
Am I being as compassionate and understanding toward others as I could be?
Am I being compassionate and loving toward myself?
I try my best to appreciate my life every day in spite of its challenges, painful losses, and inevitable frustrations. There really is so much to be grateful for.
And that’s the gift left behind by those souls who lost their lives in such a senseless way – we stop to remember…
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