This time of year I'm sure it is difficult for many and some may want to forget and not reflect on this day. I understand those feelings, for with me it brings back memories i care not to remember. But through my own personal experience of horrors and distruction i realize it is a responsibility to pray and reflect on those who lost their life that day.
The book i wrote, Healing Reflections for the Soul was partially created from the affects of that day. I changed in those early morning hours of 9/11, how can you not, when you see things that in your wildest dreams you never imagined. I feel so fortunate to have made it home that day, to hug my wife and children; to smell them and breathe their souls into my lungs. They had no idea what Dad had gone through and i hope they never, ever experience any thing like it.
I am leaving you with a few words from my book that i hope cause you to reflect and appreciate the gift of life we live. Remember in your hearts the victims and families from that day. Also remember the men and women in the military who have died and sacrificed so much since September 11, 2001.
"On that early morning of 9/11 I saw many things; death, heartache, fear, terror, but I also saw bravery, courage, kindness, love and tenderness. Those of us who were engulfed in the ashes of death only wanted to help and console one another. I saw true compassion for the human species. We were all equal again for that moment in time. There was no hatred, bigotry or ignorance preventing us from helping each other. Even in this horrible storm I can look back now and see how God was with us."
"To the families who lost loved ones on that tragic day, my heart goes out to all of you. I want you all to know there is hardly ever a day that goes by that I don't think about those events. I felt the loneliness, the despair and the silence of the days and weeks that followed. But since those day's I've come to realize how fleeting our lives can be: in a second it is all gone and that's why I honor the men and women of 9/11 within my heart. To me they've left a legacy, a legacy to reevaluate our life and priorities. Their sacrifice has allowed me, and I hope many others, the chance to live this gift of life; to reawaken and forge ahead to bring peace and joy to each other and the ones less fortunate. Please, try to forgive and try not to carry your loss as a burden, for it will prevent the enjoyment of life still yet to be lived. The ones that left us that day would not want you to suffer in sadness, despair, revenge, or depression. They would wish love, kindness and joy in your lives. Carry their spirit close to your hearts and let their memories and love lead you to a more peaceful life. Your hearts need mending. Find your way, find some goodness that will soften your heart and allow love back into your soul. Never give up, your dreams are still out there, it's time to reclaim them and begin living the gift of life."