Tomorrow is September 11, 2011, ten years after the terrorist attacks on our Nation that killed so many innocent people. You can't turn on the television this week without seeing something about it, and if you linger long enough the sadness will reach out through the television screen and grab your heart right out of your chest! So after watching just a little bit, I have turned off the television and am quietly reflecting. The one continuous question that invades my mind is this :If the people who died on 9/11 could come back and tell us anything, what would it be?
I didn't know anyone personally who died on 9/11. But I am guessing that some of the things that they would say to us if they could come back and say anything at all, would be this: Life is fragile. You never know when your time is up. So be in the moment with your loved ones. Be present in every sense of the word, not just physically present with your to do list running through your mind. And by the way, the blackberry, the phone calls, the email, can all wait. Those things can always be answered later, but your kids will grow up before your very eyes, one blink and they are off to college. Leave no good, encouraging, or loving thing unsaid because you may never get a chance to tell that person how much you love them again. Don't be in such a hurry when you leave for work in the morning that you forget to kiss and hug your loved ones goodbye. It may be the last time you get to do that. Make your life count. Don't measure it by your pay check, job promotions, or possessions. Those things are meaningless and you can't take them with you when you go. What lasts is the legacy you have left behind in the lives you touched while living. Finally, there really is a God so keep short accounts with Him because you never know how quickly you will meet Him face to face!
There are many things that we can learn from 9/11. It seems like the things we hear about most involve always looking over our shoulder for the next attack, and not trusting a certain type of people. But I don't think we are meant to live our lives in fear always looking over our shoulder. I think we do those who lost their lives a disservice if we don't live the life we have well, moving forward.