Episode 420: Courage, Resilience, and Compassion - Let's Talk about Remembering 9/11
22 years ago on September 11th, 2001, the United States and the World experienced unthinkable violence and incredible loss. The tragedy that is known as September 11th, was a terrible time that was became a venue for great displays of courage, resilience, and compassion.
Courage: Many risked their lives and gave their lives to help and save others, they confronted evil and violence to protect others and they succeeded – even though great loss – they succeeded. They taught us that we must confront the monsters of evil, no matter the cost.
Resilience: Those affected mentally, physically, and through loss, taught us we must endure and get through hard times. We forge paths not only for ourselves, but we provide guideposts for others. Along our journey, we can accept help, offer help, give help. Our resilience doesn’t mean we forget, in means that in spite of our challenges, we can determine to live our best lives. We are not defined by our circumstances and experiences, but we can determine to use our experiences to our advantage despite our circumstances.
Compassion: That horrible day and since then we have witnessed the compassion of strangers. People coming together in thought, in action, in person to support one another. Several years ago, I was able to visit the 9/11 memorial. There were people from all around the world coming together in great human connectedness to reflect on the magnitude and impact of the events of 9/11. There was a connection in the commonality of sharing that experience and there was compassion that transcended the difference in humanity, and even of culture and language. We are reminded through all of this of our ability to connect and care for one another.
So especially today, but also every day, let us take time to remember lives lost and impacted by 9/11 and let us be encouraged to lead our lives courageously, resiliently, and compassionately.
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