A Time for Reflection –9/11/2001


The U.S. and the world pause to reflect the tragedy that happened in the U.S. on September 11, 2001. It’s been 10 years since the terrorist tragedy in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C. However, this event has affected people from all over the world – not only U.S. citizens.

Like every person around the world, I remember where I was and what I was doing when I heard about the first plane hitting the Twin Towers in NYC. Lots of things have changed in the U.S. and around the world in these last 10 years – both good and bad. Gone are the days of carefree go-lucky people chatting with a stranger sitting next to them at the airport, on an airplane, bus or train – sadly replaced with caution and wariness. However, people still try to enjoy their lives and fulfill their dreams as they did prior to that life-changing day.

Personally, I know several people whose family members were killed on that day in New York and in Washington D.C. One of the people I know would have been personally killed on that day. He and his colleagues had just moved out of their personal office space for renovations to the other end of the Pentagon building in Washington D.C. He and his colleagues shared a small space during this renovation. They moved only three days before the event happened. He felt the plane go in and rushed to help. He was in shock to see his office was the center of the plane’s direct hit.

I believe that fear and hate start with the mind in a learned environment, while love starts generously from the heart! I truly hope that people, both young and old, will always start their relationships with others from “the heart” and not “the mind.” The world is so small! Let’s all work together to make it a wonderful and peaceful place for everyone to live – no matter where people are born or choose to reside, what they believe, their religion, skin color, age, or gender. Wouldn’t that be so amazing?!

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