Graphic used with permission from JL Photography
I wasn’t going to post today because quite frankly, I’m a little overwhelmed with life this week. However, I wanted to just post something that I’ve been thinking about today, on the 13th anniversary of September 11th. That horrible day that we will all remember always and absolutely should.
I’m going to tell you where I was on 9-11 and what my feelings were that day and now. What I would love from you is for you to tell me the same, in the comments below. This is kind of a group effort post.
Our family was living in Tallinn, Estonia, which is a small country on the Baltic Sea, between Russia and Finland. It was late afternoon our time and we were listening to a radio station where the announcer had broken English, so we were positive we were misunderstanding him completely. We drove home and turned on the English version of CNN and were completely shocked by what we were seeing. The second plane had struck the tower in NYC, but the other two planes hadn’t been crashed yet.
When they said that the plane had crashed into the Pentagon, I panicked a bit because I thought my dad was supposed to be there that day. When they started talking about some of the planes being American Airlines, I was worried even more because my step-sister is a flight attendant for American Airlines. We tried to call home, but couldn’t get through. It actually took about 36 hours to get through to someone.
However, what I want to convey to you is the care and concern we received from the Estonian people, both the ones we knew personally and the ones we did not. We received so many calls and people coming to check on us. Also, when we went on the street, we saw that the Estonian people had hung their flags, with black strips of mourning on them. Then we went to the American Embassy and saw so many flowers and candles leading up to the steps that people had been dropping off. It was very humbling and heartwarming.
We went to Russia 4 days later and again, the people were so kind and caring to us. They also were pretty accommodating to us with the needs we had.
So, there is evil in the world, as 911 showed and as the current events going on in Iraq show. However, there is more good in the world. Most people have good in them, even if we don’t share the same beliefs, culture or countries. As horrible as 911 was, we can’t let it form and shape us. We can’t let it change the way we live and our values. If we do, they win.
Live your life like today is your last day and that if you met Heavenly Father today, you wouldn’t be embarrassed to be sitting next to him. You wouldn’t be ashamed of what you were doing when the unexpected happened. Live your life to the fullest, so there are no regrets because you never know when you have finished what you were sent here to do and learn. Live your life to make Him proud. Always.
Please remember to leave me that comment. Many, many blessings to you and yours today and always.
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