Fifteen years ago today, the lives of Americans were taken. Just like many of us, I was going about my daily task when the trauma happened. I remember sitting at my desk when one of the Network Surveillance Analyst shouted a plane just flew into a building in New York. In my mind I wanted it to be a hoax, but when I saw it for myself, all I could think about was my friends and my family that live and work in New York City. Immediately I began to call their cell phones and I received the all circuits is busy message. It wasn’t until several days later that I found out they all were safe and ok, but terrified because they were uncertain if it would happen again.
As I reflect on that day as I do many days, I remember all the things that I’m grateful and thankful for. It also helped me to reaffirm my faith, because if I was still living and working in New York on that day, there is a strong possibility that I would have been a victim. Even though my life isn’t perfect, I am alive to live another day. Just think many men and women went to work that day and never were able to come back home and see their families again. Never to kiss their wives, husbands, significant others, and children. Will never attend another celebration or party. They will never be able to reach those goals that they planned for themselves. All of us that are alive and well should be thankful that we are able to live and make our homes better. The world will never be perfect, but as long as a few people have the right spirit to allow for change and improvement, we will get there. Change can be positive and it can be negative, however, we can’t live in fear because innocent people died in many events so that we can command the necessary change from ourselves, our communities, and our nation.
It is time to stop pointing fingers, it is time to allow people to express themselves. It is time for everyone to stand up for what is right, it is time to stop putting everything off until tomorrow, because tomorrow isn’t promised, my ask from you is to live and work towards your goals with a spirit that says you will not be stopped. That you might fail, but you will never give up. To keep trying when things get hard and kick evil in the ass. The time has come for people to look each other in the eyes and say I’m sorry for the sins of yesterday, but we are working to make a better place now. If we don’t stop the madness now, we will play into the hands of the evil ones which like to see us living in fear. Just remember on September 11, 2001, innocent people died. If they were living today, they would be living their dreams with their love ones.
As I close, we have had many tragic events in this nation which require acknowledgement; however, it will be better suited to work towards healing the human spirit, by teaching love and not hate. To allow for different points of view to exist, but always working toward the common goal of helping people succeed. That is all everyone wants to do, be successful and live in peace. I don’t know a single person that wakes up fail, so I encourage you with the best of my abilities to help and not hurt, so that we can create a better environment for our children in the future. Use the words from James 2:14-26 as a tool to get this show on the road. Having faith and not doing the work, is just like having a dream and not working to achieve it.
Have a great evening.