Summer seems to just go sailing by faster and faster every year. This year particularly so, perhaps because of the unbearable winter we had to get through to get to it. But today, today time just seems to stand still. Today, we all think about how everything changed in our world. We learned we were not as safe as we thought we were. It was such a beautiful day and then it wasn’t. For those of us with family members in New York it was a particularly long day. Eventually, I learned my family was safe but then, there were all those others.
If we didn’t know it already, we learned how important our families are to us. Why it is so important to keep them close, if not geographically, in our hearts. Let those around us know how much we care for them because you don’t know what tomorrow may bring. Being kind to others, for just the same reason.
If we can all treat one another with a little more kindness, the world would be a better place. If we respected one another’s opinions instead of calling those with whom we disagree names like poorly behaved children, it would serve us all well. Indeed, I am not referring to anyone in particular, as some would assume, I am referring to us all. No one is exempt from such careless chatter. Even said in humor, it taints any sense of respect that may have been implied.
Finally though, we should enjoy what’s good in our world. Some heroic and noble things also happened 14 years ago today. Take heart in what is good and enjoy the ones you love. Make every day count. Laugh out loud, feel the sun on your face, the wind in your hair and know that sometimes you have to go out and look for joy. It won’t always be waiting at your doorstep.
This summer’s sailing adventures included a few visits from family. I’m learning more and more about sailing and even starting to like heeling. So time moves on, the wind seems to have returned to my sails and normalcy begins to rein, except today.
“Fair winds and following seas” to all who were wounded 14 years ago today.