September 11, 2001—a Solemn Moment in My Heart; a Time to Reflect

A day of tragedy and great loss; a day that will forever burn in my memory. 9/11, only three days after my 45th birthday, I was up early, sitting in my living room with the television on, a cup of coffee in hand, still waking to the day. I was watching the morning news, when suddenly the images began to appear as they were happening. Unbelievable…shocking…disturbing…surreal…. My heart instantly dropped to my stomach, and I began to cry.

Though I didn’t lose a friend or family member through this tragedy, I knew people that had. And I, in my own heart, felt the pain and loss for them and those hundreds of families that did. It was later, when they began to talk to the families that had lost loved ones that I began to realize that we should never take a single moment for granted. This is the time to appreciate the people we love and who love us, and to never let the sun set while still angry, or allow a dear one to walk out the door with bitterness and resentment.

With the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 tragedy approaching, my heart, my thoughts and prayers go out to those families that will always feel their loss. But I also take this time to reflect on my own family and friends dear to my heart, and forgive any wrong against me, and now appreciate and love them.

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