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Remembering A Hero, 15 years After 9/11 Matters

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Dear Wellness Seekers,

Remembering A Hero, 15 years After 9/11 Matters as we face such an important presidential election. The sacredness of 9/11 will always cause me to stop the routine madness of life to take pause and reflect upon what a treasure it is to be an American. And how within minutes all we have can be threatened. There are so many reasons to take stock in our way of life  – the virtues of our values, freedom of speech and religious practice with an open opportunity to achieve great things.

Just north of where I live now in Tresaure Coast, Florida, I discovered an unlikely place for a 9/11 Memorial a few months ago, when I was attending a function at a civic center in Ft Pierce.  As we approached the building, I was drawn to what I thought was a large metal sculpture. Once I came upon it I was dumb struck by what I realized by the reading the descriptive plaque was a large piece of charred metal  –  a beam from the actual World Trade Center searing attack, explosion and implosion. This picture attempts to capture the essence of this memorial becuase you would feel its spirit if you were in its presence. I did. Chills ran up my spine. We have many people from the New York area that relocated here after 9/11. The humble spot will always remind us of the unnecessary pain so many experienced that days and for years. For the survivors and families impacted the pain continues on.

While I had visited the 9/11 location many times while living in New York as a pilgrimage as many people came to see what happened in person. Visiting he little Catholic church that survived is most moving. Most so touched by the horror of it all – the feeling of the tragic experience lingers in the air still today.

Today I feel the vastness of the tragedy as I view all the honorable media coverage so that we always remember those who were sacrificed as a result of this act of terrorism.

I look forward to going to the new Freedom Tower Memorial when I return to New York again.

It is the human stories that move me most. The building is only a symbol of the manyRemembering-A-Hero,-15-Years-After-9/11-Matters.jpegPINIMAGE stories of people’s lives and they day that changed us forever. There is one story in the in Sunday edition of the Wall Street  Journal Weekend Edition – “Declarations” by Peggy Noonan that brought me to a tearful meltdown in my favorite chair. It is titled, “Remembering A Hero, 15 Years After 9/11”. It tells the story of a young man with an inherent purpose and destiny, and talisman since childhood – it was also a symbol of a powerful relationship with his Father.

“With this bandanna”, Welles Crowther said, “I’m gonna change the word.”

This is a story of grand calling and courage that was to my mind predestined before birth. This lad had an inherent joy of purpose – bigger than his life.

Peggy captures the essence of his personal story – so eloquently and so movingly. Here is how she encapsulates this young man’s sacrifice:

“The way I see it, courage comes from love. There’s a big unseen current of love that hums through the world, and some plug into it more than others, more deeply and surely, and they get more power from it. And it fills them with courage. It makes everything possible.

People see the fallen beat up world around them and ask what can I do?  Maybe be like Welles Crowther. Take your red bandanna, change the world. “

Remembering A Hero, 15 years After 9/11 Matters is worthy of taking a moment to read. I promise you will see the world differently from that point on. If you wish to read it please click this link: “Declarations” by Peggy Noonan.  The recollection tributes should never have an expiration date as some people suggest. May you and your be safely out of harms way in the days and years to come.

To Your Self Care Journey to Joy,

Ginny

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