After reading Phyllis Ring’s wonderful post today on BoomerCafe.com, “Remembering 9/11, and the importance of family,” I remember my own experiences on that day 13 years ago. I didn’t lose anyone I knew, I wasn’t in New York City, and I, like the rest of the world, was shocked and horrified at the day’s events. Later on came anger, fear and sadness, but the overriding emotion was the knowledge that hundreds of thousands of us were feeling the same things at the same time.
It has been 13 years today that my generation’s version of Pearl Harbor happened. When we meet with friends, we recall where we were the same way we recollect the day that President Kennedy was assassinated. I have never been able to visit the memorial in New York, and I don’t know any of the family members who faithfully appear each year on this day to remember the lost. This event changed our country absolutely; not only have many security measures been instituted that hadn’t been before, but we all came together from that day on as a more united country. To this day, 13 years later, flags are flown en masse; not just today or the July 4th or Memorial Day, but every day. It’s a reminder of who we are, where we came from, how hard we fought for our freedoms, and the hard fact that freedom is never free.
Today I offer my own way to remember 9/11; me, who lost no one and who wasn’t in the middle of New York City or anywhere near the Pentagon. I started today as I do each day now since I became a Reiki II practitioner; with the Gassho meditation (the heart of the Reiki Ideals):
“Just for today, I will not be angry
Just for today, I will not worry
Just for today, I will be grateful
Just for today, I will do my work honestly
Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing.”
These humble words clear my mind, open my heart and awareness, but most of all, it reminds me of what’s important. I think of all the positive things that have happened on any year’s September 11 since 2001: babies born, marriages, animals adopted out of shelters, new businesses begun, children adopted, birthdays, new cures for diseases found, and the list goes on and on.
As with any life-changing event, the date of September 11 will always be important. After 13 years, I hope with all my heart that many, many wonderful things have happened on all the following September 11 dates. Today is a day to remember, and also to hope.