“Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children.â€
President George W. Bush, November 11, 2001
Where were you when you heard about the attack at the World Trade Center?
I was on the phone early that morning with a client in California. Neither of us knew anything until the end of the call. When I hung up from my client I immediately got a call from my professorial brother, the history buff. Fortunately he could brief me not only on the circumstances but his perspective of why this atrocity was occurring.
I had clients who had employees in scheduled meetings that day at the World Trade Center. I also had clients in DC on business on September 11. Needless to say, these leaders were even more traumatized because of their concerns for their people.
While we pay our respects to our 1st Responders who risked their lives to save others and remember those 3,000+ who died, letâ€™s also be grateful for a few things.
Can we be grateful that so few people were in the World Trade Center that morning when these buildings typically contain tens of thousands of people on any given work day?
Can we be grateful for the accomplishments in our intelligence and defense environments since 9/11 that further minimize the risks?
Can we be grateful that we donâ€™t take as many things for granted, now in post-9/11 world?
Can we all pause today and be grateful for our lives and our loved ones?
Can we channel our grief and our frustration about 9/11 into positive actions that will heal our own hearts and the hearts of those around us?
If we can pause and be grateful, then I am confident we can move forward productively, powerfully and with peace in our hearts.