Monday, September 11, 2006

Nine Eleven

While the media wages one of its most powerful days of the year with a reminder of almost 3,000 people who died five years ago, it is perhaps time for somber reflection.

What no terrorist can see or feel is into our hearts. From these terrible events, the destruction of people at the two World Trade Centers, in the Pentagon, and on a plane in Pennsylvania, we can only feel utter sadness.

But our sorrow that cuts deep like broken glass and pervades this day with anguish for our fellow human beings when we imagine how they felt during the moments of terror, that sorrow is hard to convey to someone who does not know us.

How can we really know the pain, panic and suffering of those who were on board the flights that hit the trade towers? Or of those people who were trapped, burning on the upper floors? Or, the intense desperation of those caught in the stairways when the buildings collapsed all around them? And those people who desperately sought to regain control of a plane even as they knew it was going to crash and kill them all, what were they feeling?

It is hard to know.

This is a reminder to take stock in all that is meaningful to you and give homage; to think deeply and carefully of all those you care about and who care about you, and to give them an extra moment, another chance, or a free day when you can share in the miracle of life.

It is also the moment to think about readdressing your priorities and taking a vow that you will dedicate your life to bringing wisdom, health, happiness, joy and beauty to as many people in the world as possible. Or maybe even to a lucky few.

Now that's not too much to ask for, is it?

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