My story about what happened to me on 9/11 isn’t important. I didn’t lose anyone close to me. I wasn’t a hero that day. But I have something more important to share with you about peace and 9/11, especially on the 10th anniversary of this tragic day.
What Do You Mean About Peace?
I know it’s hard to put the images we remember and the anger we felt from 9/11 together with the feelings of harmony and respect or peace. It can be done though through a conscious effort. We can choose to love. To honor. To reach out to others. Remember September 11, 2011 when people gave up their lives so others could live. When strangers held strangers as they cried. When there was hope despite fear. And in the days after, we came together as a nation to lift each other up, to grieve, to feel unity. Yes, there was peace on that day in our hearts and actions.
Learn Lessons About Peace
Instead of disrespecting our first responders, our heroes or those who have lost someone they love by focusing on revenge, let’s learn the lessons they gave us about peace. They put others’ lives above their own. We can honor them by doing something nice for someone else. Small gestures, large donations, a shoulder to cry on, all count. Be mindful of others needs.
Those that lost loved ones are asking us to not forget. We must teach our children, but include messages of giving back. We can attend services and memorials. We can share our feelings.
Join me and other bloggers especially the Blog4Peace Bloggers, who are writing about their thoughts on this Tenth Anniversary of 9/11. Remember that you can find peace and practice it to commemorate this day.