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Honoring Those Left Behind


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!


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

In Memorium 9/11

75809734_Photo credit:  Me!

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!