In the Shower, Stunned and Confused

Connie Hanks Photography // // World Trade Center cross, 2004

World Trade Center cross, 2004

I’m pretty sure that every American and most citizens of the world will always remember exactly where they were when they heard of the 9/11 tragedies. I was in the shower, getting ready for work, when my husband, my newlywed husband (we were days from our one-year anniversary) ran in to tell me the shocking news. I stood there, stunned, confused, overwhelmed, scared. How could this happen?

Just like the entire world, I was glued to the TV. Watching. In horror. Crying. Feeling so incredibly sad for those who lost their lives. Feeling worse for the family members of those lost in the tragedy. Men, women, children – they were employees, students, husbands, wives, sons, daughters, loved ones, heroes. Each of them lost to a tragedy that didn’t need to happen. They meant the world to someone and my heart goes out to those who still miss their loved ones daily.

My cousin Lila lived in New York at the time. She lived in the Financial District. I had visited her December 1999. Our subway exit was The World Trade Center. I remember feeling frantic trying to find out if she was safe on 9/11. Thankfully, she was. Our family was spared the pain of losing a loved one. It’s so sad how many weren’t spared that pain. I’m sure everyday for them is a reminder, but today, another 9/11 anniversary, must be more difficult, as the world grieves and salutes and tributes the nations sons and daughters lost on that fateful day.

Connie Hanks Photography // // waving American Flag at Pearl Harbor, 2003

Waving American Flag at Pearl Harbor, 2003

We never know what’s going on in the minds and hearts of those around us. So I hope you’ll join me today in honoring our fallen heroes and lost loved ones by being extra kind today. I know we all have hectic schedules and daily routines (typed as I look over my shoulder at the clock to ensure I’ll get my girls to school on time…), but imagine what an amazing world this could be if we all took that extra minute or two to be kind. Kind to our own loved ones. Kind to strangers. Kind to ourselves. The world can be cold at times. Let’s collectively warm it up with kindness.

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing, kindness filled day!
Live creatively!

PS. How are you being extra kind today? Did you write a 9/11 post? Tell me in the comments or link it up – I’d love to know!