by Jeff Schoener
People world-wide are remembering 10 years later.
People are asking, where were you when it happened?
On this a beautifully clear day, comfortable and pleasant, I walked into my office and sat at my desk. Just two blocks away from the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, I and my colleagues heard the first plane strike. We were stunned as we went to the window, five stories up, where we could see the gaping hole and the flames lick the side of the building. A manager went into the conference room in order to turn on the news. We at the time thought it was a horrible accident. Then there was another muffled explosion which blew out the windows on the other side. A short time later, the second strike on the second tower. It dawned upon us that this was no accident.
As an eye witness without a telephone, at this point e-mail was the only communication means for us cloistered in our office. The police kept us here, where we were out of both harm’s way and out of the way of the First Responders. On Broadway, where we saw ticker-tape parades, Firemen and Police squads marched in military fashion in order to set up for their work of rescue and restoration.
Before people in my office were wondering why, they were first wondering if what they were witnessing was true. “Is this really happening?”
For the people who never witnessed this first hand, the media ran the plane strikes into the towers on a seemingly endless loop.
I think that in the fullness of time, while remembering the importance of the day, on a personal note, consider the following:
What have you lost?
Did you lose a job? Have you lost a loved one? Did you lose your direction in terms of career, of have you and your family the innocence of faith? I know many people who found the wherewithal to rebuild and to begin again. Some even created support networks as well as not for profit organization to honor and memorialize.
What have you gained?
In light of the loss, have you gained compassion and hope? Have you gained and expanded your understanding of yourself, your neighbors and situations that are not always black and white? Have you gained a new resolve and strength or have you gained a fearful existence? In the subsequent daysI went around my office getting people beyond their fear and back into the flow of life.
Many others have taken their ‘loss’ as a reason to create something that will help themselves while helping others. Take this moment in time and begin to answer questions in the light of the day. Take this gift of time to fill any void with something creative and positive. With this memory in mind, offer something to serve and sacrifice to another. This will become a suitable tribute for those who sacrificed on that day.
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