Some days stand out in your memory, indelibly etched in your mind and heart.
I’ll never forget the day that President Kennedy was assassinated.
On September 11, 2001, I woke up before 6:00 a.m. Pacific Time, much earlier than my usual time.
Something compelled me to turn on the television for the morning news, and I saw that the World Trade Center’s North Tower had been hit. I was still watching, shortly after 6:00 a.m., when the second airliner crashed into the South Tower.
I cried out, and my mom, sleeping in her bedroom, called out, “What’s wrong?”
“The United States is being attacked,” I told her, going into her bedroom and giving her the details.
Somehow, I got ready for work and started for the bus that would take me into downtown Seattle. I had my transistor radio and headphones on, I needed to know what was happening.
I was on the Sound Transit 550 bus when the North Tower collapsed. I cried out, and two ladies, gossiping behind me on the bus, asked me what was wrong.
“The North Tower of the World Trade Center just collapsed,” I answered.
“Yeah, but it’s not happening HERE, is it?” One lady answered. Then they started gossiping again, shaking their heads at this crazy lady on the bus.
I didn’t ask them if they knew what was going on; they’d know soon enough.
I stayed at work for about four hours, then went home to watch the awful details on television.
My mom was watching those awful details when I got home; we sat there for the remainder of the afternoon and evening, both of us crying for everyone: those people lost, their families and friends, all of us.
As I tried to sleep on the night of 9/11/2001, I realized that everyone I loved was safe and sound. I said a prayer of thanks for that.
And then I remembered that each day is a gift; we are all going to die, someday, we just don’t know how and when.
Today, my thoughts are with all who lost their lives on 9/11/2001, their friends and families.
May we never forget them.
And may we all welcome each day with joy!
Welcome every morning with a smile. Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator, another golden opportunity to complete what you were unable to finish yesterday. Be a self-starter. Let your first hour set the theme of success and positive action that is certain to echo through your entire day. Today will never happen again. Don’t waste it with a false start or no start at all. You were not born to fail. Og Mandino