Today the United States reflects the events of September 11, 2001; from New York to Washington D.C., and to the fields of Pennsylvania. It is a day we all know too painfully well, where we were, and for many, the friends we lost. All over the country we remember today those events.
Time is an interesting thing. On September 10, 2001 I was just starting a new job in Stamford, Connecticut. I never wanted to be there, but it was a situation that merely happened of necessity. Frankly, not unlike what thousands of random people would endure across the ensuing weeks. In the days and weeks that came after the 11th, I saw firsthand things that many across NYC and Washington would surely like to forget, but simply can not. So much sadness. As I watch the television memorials this morning all those things come back just like it was yesterday.
Today a full 10 years hence I am back commuting to New York each week. It's ironic that the place I have never wanted to be is the place that continues to come back into my life. No rhym, no reason. It just does. 2 weeks ago I went back to NYC and visited the official memorials at World Trade Center North and South. I visited the museum on the corner and looked at all the exhibits. Like many people in there that day I cried. It was hard.
But today as then, the sun came up on a new day, full of promise and possibility. I think of how time has shaped things in my family's life, and am mindful of all the many blessings that have come over the years. As each of us spends the day today in pursuit of whatever activity we are fortunate to enjoy, take a moment for two things. First, remember what we lost 10 years ago. And as you refelct on that, give thanks for all you you fortunate to have and enjoy today.
Tommorow is but a promise. So live today with enthusiastic happiness and joy.