On the evening of September 11th, Peter Jennings asserted, “Most of us won’t know someone who was lost today, but we know someone who knew someone who was lost today.” Of course, he was referring to the terrorist attack upon the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the crash of Flight 93 in Pennsylvania. He was right. What a horrible, terrifying day.
We all remember where we were when significant and tragic historical events take place. Pearl Harbor, the Kennedy assassination, the Columbia and Challenger disasters, and 9/11. For me, I went into a panic fearing that my son was in New York, and his business may have taken him to the Towers. Though he had earlier advised me his visit from California to New York was postponed, I still needed to hear his groggy (Pacific Time) voice that morning. Gratefully, I did.
A colleague and friend commemorates the day by reaching out to those who mean something to her as a friend. For her, September 11th sparked an appreciation for people who have had impact in her life. It’s a simple email, just saying “thanks for being part of my world.” How unique a way of paying tribute.
With two natural disasters striking in such a compressed period of time, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, we tend to say something like “sure puts things in perspective.” And two weeks later, we are back to our usual routine, allowing trivial matters to dominate, nuisances to become disproportionate, and forgetting our mantra of having things in perspective.
Let’s collectively change it. This week, reach out to a longtime friend, someone you haven’t contacted in a while, and remind him or her of their importance in your world. It only takes a moment, a quick email, phone call, message on social media, to make a difference in their life, and yours.