Tuesday, September 11, 2012

September 11th

I was sitting in my freshman Geography class when we got the news of 9/11. I remember my teacher at the time answering a call and then sort of falling into his desk chair. Most of the class was busy with an assignment we had been given but, I remember a few people asking him if he was okay. He didn't say a single word... he just turned on the TV and tuned it to a news channel. As we watched and the events unfolded we all sat in awe watching the horrific day pan out before our eyes... but it wasn't really "before our eyes"...

We watched, yes... in the comfort of an air conditioned school building; probably comfortable in school t-shirts and hoodies, in a building that was safe and still standing.... we saw what has happening, but we didn't experience it in quite the same way.

When September 11th rolls around I tend to think about the people who were there that day. The people who were, like us, likely working on a task given to them... pressing through the morning like any other day. The office worker who sat at a desk wishing for 5:00 while drinking his morning coffee or the one on her way down a hall to make copies when the first plane hit. I didn't personally lose anyone in the days events, and I didn't know anyone who lost someone either but I know that tons of people did lose something that day. Can you imagine the shock, the terror of that moment?; I honestly don't know that I can imagine it. I've never been in a situation that traumatic... but I know enough to know how terrible and terrifying it was for those people.

 One of the craziest things that I have come across related to 9/11 are the lists of trivial little things that saved various people on that day.... (I didn't write the following, but it was sent to me in an email as a forward, so I don't have an original source, but it's worth sharing!)

"After Sept. 11th, one company invited the remaining members of other companies who had been decimated by the attack on the Twin Towers to share their available office space. At a morning meeting, the head of security told stories of why these people were alive..... and all the stories were just L I T T L E things
  • As you might know, the head of the company got in late that day because his son started kindergarten.
  • Another fellow was alive because it was his turn to bring donuts.
  • One woman was late because her alarm clock didn't go off in time.
  • One was late because of being stuck on the NJ Turnpike because of an auto accident.
  • One of them missed his bus.
  • One spilled food on her clothes and had to take time to change.
  • One's car wouldn't start.
  • One went back to answer the telephone.
  • One had a child that dawdled and didn't get ready as soon as he should have.
  • One couldn't get a taxi.
  • The one that struck me was the man who put on a new pair of shoes that morning, took the various means to get to work but before he got there, he developed a blister on his foot. He stopped at a drugstore to buy a Band-Aid. That is why he is alive today.

Now when I am stuck in traffic, miss an elevator, turn back to answer a ringing telephone . all the little things that annoy me. I think to myself, this is exactly where God wants me to be at this very moment.
Next time your morning seems to be going wrong, the children are slow getting dressed, you can't seem to find the car keys, you hit every traffic light, don't get mad or frustrated; God is at work watching over you.
May God continue to bless you with all those annoying little things and may you remember their possible purpose."


Remember the fallen. Remember the heroes. Remember all that was lost and Never Forget.

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