I like to believe there’s some truth in that old saying “time heals all wounds.” However, there’s simply no escaping a surge of emotions when you come face-to-face with a date on the calendar that changed your world forever. In the case of 9/11, so many worlds were changed that it’s amazing to think the world actually kept spinning. Yet it did.
Twelve years later, I can remember every detail of that unfathomable sunshine-filled day. While it’s impossible not to think about the loved ones we lost and the paralyzing fear we felt, I also remember how we banded together as a nation to help each other through. We prayed together. We cried together. We were kinder to each other. We all realized just how fragile life can be.
So today, while I know I’ll be stopping in Church to pray for my friend Glen Pettit and all those who were taken from us far too soon, I will also reflect on what I need to let go of in my life..and what I should hold on to with a stronger grip. Whatever you need to do to get through this difficult day, whether it’s a visit to your Church, spending some quiet time with your thoughts at home, or spending an extra ten minutes on your daily walk, don’t forget the little things that can have a big impact. Hug your child a few extra times today. Don’t be afraid to tell your parents, your siblings, your significant other or your best friend that you love them. Think about making amends with someone you can’t remember why you every had a falling out with in the first place.
I hope you’ll forgive this shift from the focus of my normal posts. As many of you already know, fitness has always been an outlet for me to sort things out when life gets a little overwhelming. Second to that is writing. If you’d like to read more about my memories from September 11th, 2001, here’s a link to what I posted on the 10-year anniversary. Whether you read the old post or stop here, I wish you and yours as much peace and comfort as possible today.
God Bless America.