This weekend marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, events that were an American and global tragedy.
My life has dramatically changed since that day… as have I.
That day marked a “wake-up call” for me to take a long, hard look at who I was, where I was, where I was going… But most importantly, it gave me the opportunity to take a look at whether I was truly happy with the choices I had made up till then.
I realized that although successful, I needed to look at my own happiness – and rather than being a victim of what ‘was available’ at the time, I needed to be ‘at cause’ for who I was and where I was. My business today is a direct outcome of that catalytic event.
My greatest sense of knowing was when I worked with a post-911 client to clear her garage and basement of her post-trauma, boxed up, moldy, broken down and painful memories. Reviewing what was salvageable – and valuable from that mess – was a tearful moment for both of us. Yet something in that moment helped me to feel a level of satisfaction I’d never felt before in my previous career. There is no better feeling for me than living purposefully and making a difference. When I’m out of sync with that – I’m not happy and never satisfied.
Grieving the loss of what was must take place to clear the space for a new reality. It opens up the enormous and overwhelming possibilities available today…
Whether you were directly involved or not, consider these three questions to help you mark this anniversary with mindfulness, compassion, and healing:
“Where were you when you first heard that something was happening?”
“Who were you the moment before you heard?”
“Who are you today, 10 years later?”
Ask your friends and family to reflect on these questions with you today, to mark the 1oth anniversary with reverence and the celebration that life is renewable and always changing.
May you be bathed in the light of compassion, mindfulness, healing and love as you go forward with passion and purpose – today, tomorrow, and then some…