For eleven years, on this very day, i don't want to smile. I don't have much to smile about. i remember the dear loved ones who were touched by this incomprehensible act of evil. Including my friend Anthony, and my ex... "J".
I like to feel that it's like they reach out to me, several tImes a day, since the day it happened. To let me know they are with me and want me to never forget.
Almost every time I look at a clock, day or night, it reads "9:11". I will never forget, because A. & J, & V & and Mr. De L... take the time to use time to make me MAKE time... TO remember. And every single time it happens, for the past eleven years, no matter what else i'm doing... i take time to "hug" them all and say a prayer for all those that died that day!
A battalion of two-thousand, nine-hundred, seventy-seven innocents were murdered on that day, and a nation, and a planet were brutally awakened to the reality that extremism, in ANY form, hurts millions. It poisons our hearts and our own "gardens". It sullies our natural innocence and wonderment. It renders us blind to the power of love.
When is the last time you felt as pure and light as when your best friend came over to play, or sleep over. As a kid! Do you remember? Can you? In the midst of our personal struggles, we forget how love feels. The most basic and perfect of love... that which we feel for our fellow human beings. Remember how it felt to see someone you were HAPPY to see. Remember and renew how that feels.
And to all those this political season who cannot speak of the key players in this Presidential election without spitting and slamming fists, and punching walls and wishing ill, or even DEATH, upon the sitting POTUS--- your words, actions and beliefs have power. One might do well to be careful for what else they might wish. You do NOT want to get it.
Words, actions and beliefs are directly responsible for the terror attacks of 9/11. Did we forget that?
Politics aside, we had damned-well better get our collective shit together. We remain vulnerable to the zealousness of others around the world. We're no longer "untouchable". We cannot remain divided as a nation or as a species.
People DIED! Because of what SOME people believed! Someone's untethered rage killed. Our nation is divided and enraged. We are all the United States of America. It's about time we got a grip and remembered that! WE are all we have!
No matter whom, or what, one worships, or perhaps doesn't, God bless, and help, us all.