YESTERDAY BROUGHT TIME for reflection. Reflection upon the events of September 11, 2001, a day which forever changed us as Americans.
The terrorist attacks on our country made us feel vulnerable, unsafe and realizing, perhaps for the first time that, just because we live in America, we don’t live in a bubble of protection from those who would harm us.
Yet, in the midst of that tragedy, that sorrow, that new reality, there emerged a solidarity. We felt united as a country, a people.
Eighteen years later I no longer see that unity. I see rather a fractured country. That saddens me. The discord. The political upheaval. Even the overt hatred toward certain peoples.
Yet, when I look closely, I see the care and compassion extended by many Americans toward those who need our care and compassion. We have always been a giving nation. I hear the voices of those who speak for those whose voices have been mostly silenced by rhetoric and oppression and policies. We are still individuals with voices that matter.
That ability to express ourselves—whether through the written or spoken word, in music, in art, in acts of kindness—remains. Strong. We have the power individually to make a difference in our communities, to start small, to rise above that which threatens to erode.
© Copyright 2019 Audrey Kletscher Helbling
Moving post, Audrey. We each have small opportunities every day to show kindness in a multitude of ways. We are privileged to live in this world and it is time to share some positive and kind actions.
I couldn’t agree more. We need to be kinder to one another. All of us. Not just in words, but in actions.
Thanks for posting about 9/11…lest we never forget.
You are welcome. It’s important to remember and honor those who lost their lives on 9/11.
Wow… that drawing by your little boy is just heart-wrenching! Touching post, Audrey.
Thank you, Penny. I agree about “heart-wrenching.”
Very moving post! There are days that I think to myself are we moving forward or backwards. KINDNESS is all I can say – just be kinder to one another 🙂
I feel the same. And, yes, kindness extends a long ways in making this world a much better place.
This is really heartbreaking! Today’s children and young adults really have no idea.
No, they don’t. I expect they will now learn this from history books.
Probably not. This was referred to as “a day when somebody did something.” We, as a generation will have to teach who did what, why, when, where and the ramifications to us as a society today and in the future.
It was a terrible day and I watched it on the first “Big Screen” TV I ever saw in living color much to my dismay with my stomach churning sickness knowing I was helpless to have any bearing on the outcome.