Today is September 11th, 2011, the coveted ten year anniversary to the dreadful day that has marked so many American lives as a day that changed our lives forever. On this day, and the weeks leading to the this day, I know there have been many documentaries, news stories, blogs, radio programs, and community events surrounding the commemoration of this horrible day in US history, which have also focused on honoring the lives lost and the brave souls that risked so much to save others. On this day, among such destruction, the American spirit shined bright as we banded together to stand strong against the evil cast on our country and our people.
As I sit working at my computer, I considered whether or not I dare write a post today.
Do I say what is really in my heart on such a tender day?
Many of you who read my posts or Facebook pages know that I listen to the radio station KLove. It's a Christian based station with the mission of keeping their message positive and encouraging, which I think is just amazing among all the negative news that is out there. For their effort to commemorate this September 11th anniversary they have called their listeners to join them in 1 million acts of kindness. How beautiful and amazing! As the stations effort, they have asked that each of their listeners do one good thing on this day to turn this US tragedy into a positive string of events.
As I pondered what I would do on this day, I decided I would opt out. Yup, that's right, I decided to opt out of doing one singular positive thing on this day. Instead I thought, what if I just dedicate all of my days to acting as a true America, and in doing so, every day I will honor those lives that were lost on this day ten years ago? What would have a more profound affect? If we banded together on this one day? Or if each of us took a vow to band together every day, as Americans, as a community of people who are stronger than the evils of this world?
Please, please, pleeeeease don't get me wrong. I am in NO WAY taking away from all of the wonderful, amazing, and beautiful things that are being done on this day to remember September 11th. I think calling forward 1 million acts of kindness or gathering together at a community event is so, SO amazing and is something that should be participated in!
But what I am trying to do is draw attention to is the need of each of us to act this way not only today, but tomorrow too, and the next day after that, and the next day after that. I truly believe that remembering September 11th, and all of the other American tragedies over the years, would be greatly honored in a daily personal commitment to show love to each other year round. I challenge each of you reading this to not forget September 11th today, but also to not to forget September 11th tomorrow as well. Don't forget by showing care and concern 365, not just 1. Don't forget by valuing the precious nature of your life all year round. Don't forget by including compassion into your daily sets of values. Don't forget by saying Thank You and by offering a helping hand. Don't forget by growing your communities and the lives of those who live in it. Don't forget by always lending a helping hand.
Imagine how amazing each day would feel if each of us made an effort to simply never forget how precious the gift of life is
every. single. day.