September 11, 2022
Good morning my friends. I hope you are doing well and enjoying life. Today, our nation honors Patriot Day and the anniversary of the 9-11 attacks. I celebrate the lives, heroics and sacrifices that day; as I honor all those who perished twenty-one years ago in this terrorist attack. It’s difficult to believe this tragic event occurred so long ago. Thousands of innocent lives were cruelly taken; in the World Trade Center Towers, Pentagon and on the four commercial jet airliners that were used as weapons of mass destruction in the catastrophic events that occurred that day. Many others died later from injuries and health related effects of the incident. Please use this day to remember, honor and say a prayer for the victims, their families and all the first responders (including hundreds who died at the World Trade Center). The events of this day, like many other significant dates in world history, should never be forgotten or pushed aside. Evil exists in our world. Unfortunately, there are corrupt individuals who hide it or tell you it’s not really there. It’s up to each of us to stay educated and informed with what’s transpiring in our nation and around the planet. Don’t believe or rely on everything you hear as being honest and truthful. Just because a person is considered a “leader” or spokesperson, doesn’t make them above reproach. Seek the truth from reliable sources. Many media outlets tend to “slant” news stories to fit their own political or ideological agendas. Search for those individuals or entities who provide you facts, not opinions. When we are armed with the truth, we are better equipped to make wise, intelligent and well-informed decisions. I will never forget this day or those who perished.
The sadness and memories of this horrific and tragic day are forever etched in my mind. I, like many others, remember exactly where I was and what I was doing at the moment I learned of the attacks. Do you remember where you were or what you were doing? Have you discussed the events with your children, family or friends? Today, is the perfect day to share this important conversation. The children that were young, or born shortly after, who lost parents or family members in the attacks, know and remember all too well what occurred. This date is forever burned into their hearts and memories. What about the rest of us; or children born just before or after 9-11? What have their parents, school or we (society) taught them about the atrocities that occurred that day? The dates in history, associated with tragic events, need to be remembered and memorialized. This has nothing to do with placing blame or condemning a particular nation or nationality. This aspect is important, not only to honor those individuals lost, but to be vigilant so these atrocities do not repeat themselves in the future. Have we done all we can as a nation or people, or have we kicked this memory aside; as we do with many things that no longer serve our own needs.
What happened to the America I know and love? Here in the USA, instead of uniting as a nation, there are times it seems we’ve become more divided. Individuals band together to seek recognition for their group, culture or nationality. Politics and social influences continue to push us apart. Rather than being an American; people are Latino-American, Cuban-American, African-American, Mexican-American, Asian, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, Transsexual; the list goes on and on. Don’t be offended if I didn’t mention your group. There are too many on this long list. I have no ill feelings toward any of these individuals or their groups. We are all human beings, doing our best to coexist on this planet. I blame egotistical and power hungry politicians and leaders who keep dividing our nation (and the world) instead of uniting us. I dislike how our country, mostly by design of some politicians, has arranged everyone into distinct groups. The only logical reason I see for this, is to maintain control and to manipulate the masses to achieve their own desires. I don’t want todays message to be about politics or agendas. I truly wish we had some amazing leaders who were honest, strong and not tied to donors, corporations, foreign countries or billionaire contributors. Where are individuals with morals, integrity, loyalty and honor when America needs you the most?
America is a great nation. Our country has inflicted and endured conflict (internally and externally), over the last 246 years. Now, our future hinges on what happens here in the present. We need leaders who will bond our country (and people) together, instead of pushing us apart. I fear, if we continue on this current spiraling track we are on, our land won’t be great for much longer. I love America. I want our country to succeed; primarily because I want my daughter, family and friends’ children to have a chance to enjoy their lives to the fullest. I don’t want them to live in fear or oppression. I hope this Patriot Day reminds you of the past and what we need to do so this atrocity, or others, are never repeated. Honor all the brave men and women who lost their lives on 9-11. They were innocent victims; and deserve our respect and honor. Stay present, informed and always doing your best to be a better human; while helping our land (and the world) prosper. Don’t live in in the past or fear what might happen. We don’t know what the future holds, but the better we remain vigilant and ready, the better equipped we are to live happily in the present. We each hold the key to a bright and happy future. Begin with gratitude and respect, then, “Follow your dreams. They know the way.”
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