“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” HRH the Dalai Lama

Do you remember where you were and what you were doing 22 years ago on September 11, 2001? I do. I remember feeling horror, shock, and sadness watching the twin towers fall, the planes that crashed, and learning of so many lives that were lost. Terrorists brought destruction within the United States. However, I also felt pride in how the people of our country rallied to help one another and rebuild. Unity rather than division was felt. Red tape was cut to bring resources that were so badly needed. Extraordinary heroism, courage, self-sacrifice, and a rush to help others was demonstrated by civilians, first responders, and service members. Differences were set aside.

Today, a deep divide can be felt by many within our country and yet I remain hopeful that once again we as individuals can remember what it feels like to pull together and help one another in spite of our differences. I’m hopeful that we can learn to seek to understand one another and although we may not agree with one another’s beliefs we can learn to find peaceful solutions. I recently read an overall motivation.com quote that reminds us that “A person’s most useful asset is not the head full of knowledge, but a heart full of love, an ear ready to listen and a hand willing to help.” A heart full of love rather than actions driven by a fear of losing power and listening with a willingness to help each other is key to building unity once again.

Theologian, physician, and philosopher Albert Schweitzer has said that “The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.” September 11, 2001 reminds us of what is possible in spite of so much suffering and loss. 9/11 has been proclaimed as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance. Let us remember and honor the lives that were lost 22 years ago as well as those first responders who have suffered and lost their lives due to their exposure to toxic materials. Let us remember how it feels to come together and help one another. Many of you do this already through your volunteer activities. Others participate as public servants and in the military. And there are still others of you who support your friends, family and community in many ways. Let us remember that it takes each one of us doing our part and in order for change to happen it must begin with each of us individually first.

Let us take a few moments to quietly honor those who have gone before us and ask, “What am I willing to change in order to bring more unity and peaceful solutions?” I am holding space and sending lots of love to each one of you.

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