What can be said on a day like today? Should we say something positive and uplifting, or solemn and reflective? What is the right tone, the right phrase, the right amount of tact? The answers are as diverse as the people who lost their lives on 9/11/01.
It is impossible to remove the grief, reflect on memories that were never made, promises that were broken because of fate……or should I say hate? The only way that we can determine that now is different is by asking the question, am I a better person than I was 10 years ago? Because only by being a better person, can you make this a better world. Are you more generous, more empathic, and more willing to help someone who is not as fortunate? You can point the finger all you want at another country, a different religion or a hostile neighbor. If we do not accept ourselves and our fellow man’s right to live a free and peaceful life, then the terrorists have won.
9/11 did not happen because we are different from the rest, it happened because people are intolerant of each other. Staring in the face of the 10th anniversary of the most publicized and profitable mass murder in the history of the world, one question remains. Am I better than I was 10 years ago? Only you can look in the mirror and answer that question.
(Note: I lived in the NYC area for 8 years from 1996-2004.)