In Memorium 9/11

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Today marks 12 years since 9/11 ~ 2 numbers which have become synonymous with terrorism, sadness, death, heroes and a life changing day in the U.S.A. ~ as well as the phone number which calls for help!  Ask most people where they were on September 11, 2001, and they remember.

If you talk to those in the tri-state area, we all have stories, so many of us impacted personally by the tragedy and losses that encompass 9/11.  Lives lost, friends, family, childhood friends ~ in one mass swoop.  I find it interesting that in NYC, it was the World Trade Centers which fell, changing how the world traded violence by attacking and yet, that violence has forced us to find peace.  We’ve learned to not take anything for granted.  We’ve been tested and triumphed by learning the lesson that we survive, perhaps broken and battered, but life goes on whether we like it or not.  We have learned to find grace in the dawning of a new day.  It is not without sorrow though that we remember how so many lives were torn apart and how we’ve mended.  We’ve simply continued to take baby steps.

So, I ask of you…

Please take a moment today:

To look up to the sky and give thanks for this day.

To hug and kiss your loved ones before they leave your home..

And to welcome them back the same way.

To call a friend to tell them how you feel.

To reach out and smile at a stranger.

To stand in silence for a moment to honor all those who lost their lives.

To forgive all those whom you find unforgivable.

To live in peace.

To be loving to all those you encounter today.

To anonymously do something kind for someone else.

To say a prayer for world peace.

And, as always…

Shine On!

xo

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