Honoring Those Left Behind

911

September 11th, 2001 is a day that so many of us will never forget here in the United States.  Those of us on the East Coast especially are filled with reminders of that dark day in our history.  We can tell you where we were when the planes hit, just like the older generations can easily recall where they were when they heard that President John F. Kennedy, Jr. was shot.

Many of us know families who were directly affected by that day ~ losing loved ones and thus changing the course of their lives forever.  Their grief is universal for we all grieve with them, our nation grieves with them and we never forget.

I have known some very inspirational women who have led by example after their loved ones passed away tragically.  Their courage frankly overwhelms me, even to this day and I stand in awe of them.  I can never truly express my the depth of my admiration without sounding silly to even my own ears, but I hope that they may read my blog and know I am writing about them.

For I have known grief in my life, but nothing like what they have endured.  What a testament to their heartlights to continue to shine even when life dimmed around them!   So today, please allow a moment of gratitude for the loved ones in your own life.  If you are able, please reach out and hug them today.  Don’t wait to say, “I love you,” to someone.  Take the extra moment to smile, to connect and to send out love.  We only have this present moment to enjoy, to love, to hug and to be kind.

Shine On!

xo

P.S.  Today’s post is dedicated to the loved ones, their families and all those who are left behind to remember.

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13 thoughts on “Honoring Those Left Behind

  1. Well said, my friend. You will, I think, enjoy this benediction:

    Life is short,
    And we do not have much time
    to gladden the hearts of those who
    make the journey with us.
    So… be swift to love,
    and make haste to be kind.
    And the blessing of God,
    who made us,
    who loves us,
    and who travels with us
    be with you now and forever.

    A blessing given at the closing Eucharist of the 2010 convention of the Diocese of Maine, based on the words of Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881).

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