Mindful Mondays #16: 9/11 19 years later

Updated: Oct 13, 2020

It feels as though it were only yesterday that my alarm woke me to hear the horrible news. Like the rest of the world, I was glued to my television set for the rest of the day in disbelief. For those of us who are old enough to understand what was unfolding, we’ll always recall what we were doing and where we were that day. I was supposed to work an evening shift at Disney’s MGM Studios (now Disney’s Hollywood Studios). Before 9/11, the Disney theme parks rarely closed for anything. The first person I called was my mother at her school office. She said, “I bet they close the parks.” “Mom,” I replied, “Disney doesn’t close.” Just moments later I would eat my own words. “Epcot center to close,” came flashing on the television screen. I don’t know why but I felt the need to get out of my apartment that day. Looking back, I should have just stayed home. Everything in Orlando was either closed or closing because of the day’s events.

I have always had so much respect for the police, firemen, doctors, and hospital staff. I cannot even fathom what it must’ve been like for them that day. Visiting ground zero is among the many places I want to see in this country before I go abroad. Earlier this summer I read rumors that New York would not be shining their yearly beacon of lights for the memory to the towers. Even though it is very understandable why, however, I was very disheartened and wondered if they would try to do a virtual reminder. This afternoon I did more investigating, and thankfully the honorable display will happen after all: 9/11 light tribute in New York city to go on amid pandemic. While I was student teaching, I chatted with a friend who lived through the Manhattan attacks. She went into such vivid detail, I felt as though I was there, as well. I have family who work in Manhattan and by the grace of God they were not hurt that day. I know others aren’t as lucky as I have been in that regard. My heartfelt prayers go to all of the families who are affected from that treacherous day.

On September 11th, 2001, the United States was once again rocked to its core. We helped each other where it was needed. We saw one another as Americans. Once the damage was surveyed, we stood united. My hope is for not only my country, but the world, to come together. My intention for this piece was to remind all of us to not give up hope, love one another no matter who you are, or where you come from. To honor the men and women for our military, I found these to share images to share, and I hope you will enjoy too. I'm already there by the group Lone Star, is a heartfelt song that I adore. It’s a song dedicated to the men and women of the U.S. armed forces.

This Mindful Monday topic was a bit heavier than usual, but I felt it needed to be addressed due to the time of the year. I’ve always been very patriotic. If you live in the U.S, have you been to ground zero? Can you remember what it was like in the airports before 9/11? It’s crazy to think, that we were once that casual about those things! Please keep staying safe, and take care of each other!

Till next time! Be well!

~ Rachel

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