We began to process the images we saw and reflected on the people we know and stood amazed at all the stories. There were some amazing stories. We watched the fire fighters run towards the buildings and up the stairs to save whom ever they can. So many died that day including the heroes that came to rescue them. The passengers that stormed the cockpit and took the plane down in PA knowing that they were ending their own lives to save others. Not to mention all the countless behind the scenes people who made sure all planes were grounded and people are safe. It was a day that I'll never forget though I was only an observer and did not feel the real impact that so many families did. May God bless all those who were impacted in a tragic way.
True leadership had to step up in order to bring back the peace and comfort we have lived in for many years. You can read through the transcript of the famous phone call President Bush made to the New York Governor and Mayor. These leaders had to process what just happened, what is next and where do go from here. I just can't imagine being the President of the Unites States of America and meeting with the people of New York. C-Span captured that video of President Bush getting a first hand view of the devastation and the people who are trying to go forward with so much pain in their hearts.
If you get a chance to visit New York, I highly recommend that you visit the memorial. It is breath taking. As we observed the waterfall, it takes you back to the moment of the towers falling. At the top surrounding the memorial of each building, you will see listed all the names of the people who died there. It is overwhelming and so beautifully done to honor those gone. I've added a few pictures of our visit there. As you reflect yourself on the preciousness of your loved ones those known and those to be known, remember life is shorter than we realize. People need to know that you value them and love them. Make it a daily practice to share your love. Know that no matter what evil comes our way, people who love will do what is right. They are remembered. Some will be called to sacrifice, some will be called to carry on in resilience and some will be required to do both. No matter what, make your life matter. Be sure to share yourself with others so that they know they matter too.