The September 11, 2001 attacks—commonly known as 9/11—were four coordinated Islamist suicide terrorist attacks carried out by al-Qaeda against the United States. Here are some quotes for your consideration on this important date.
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“If September 11th has taught us anything, it’s certainly that the world has never been so interdependent. It is impossible to be an island of prosperity in a sea of despair.”
—Bono, Singer and activist
“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.”
—Dandy Dahl, wife of United flight 93 pilot, Jason Dahl
“For me and my family personally, September 11th was a reminder that life is fleeting, impermanent, and uncertain. Therefore, we must make use of every moment and nurture it with affection, tenderness, beauty, creativity, and laughter.”
—Deepak Chopra, Author
“Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11.”
—Former President Barack Obama
How will you honor this date? What kindnesses and acts of service can and will you offer in the spirit of unity today?
“The best kind of laughter is laughter born of a shared memory.”
—Mindy Kaling, American actress, comedian, screenwriter, and producer
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How familiar are you with the work of Carol Burnett? If you are a boomer like me, you made a point to never miss her variety show during her eleven-year run near the top of the TV ratings.
Her work was definitely family friendly, and I can vividly recall all of us crowding around our single TV to laugh together until our sides hurt.
A few weeks ago, Wendy and I got to relive many of these hilarious moments as a star-studded group of her friends got together to celebrated Carol’s 90th birthday.
The closing song on her show always began: I’m so glad we had this time together, just to have a laugh and sing a song……
Take a few minutes to recall some of your own laugh-filled memories. Note the people who shared these belly laughs and happy times and consider giving them a call to reminisce.
“As we grow older, real beauty travels from the face to the heart, appeal turns to charm, hurt to wisdom, and great moments to shared memories. The true beauty of life is not how happy you are now, but how happy others are because of you.”
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How old are you?
When was the last time you took a good look in the mirror?
How does your self-appraisal compare when you view yourself from the inside versus the outside?
Without question, entropy is having its way with all of us and many of us are grasping desperately for our younger days.
Today’s quote can be a wonderful way to re-frame our perspective on the aging process.
It helps us see what we’ve been given and gained with all the days gone by.
How can you more fully embrace the process of aging and look to the happiness you have fostered in the lives of others along the way?
“When you see somebody taking a photo of their friends, offer to take the shot for them so that they can be in the picture.”
—David Perell, writer, podcaster, and writing instructor
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With the availability of better and better smart phones, I have been seeing far fewer actual cameras.
The days of family portraits seem like a thing of the past. Except for weddings and other significant celebrations, our cell phones do a pretty good job.
To be included in photos with our friends many folks lean on a selfie strategy. Even with very long arms and those awkward selfie sticks, the results can often fall short.
How would offering to take a photo for others or asking for some assistance yourself create even better memories with family and friends over the holidays and in the coming year?
Veterans Day 2022
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Who among you—or who do you know—who has served in the military? Today is Veteran’s day, a U.S. federal holiday honoring the veterans with us right now. Most of us have celebrated it our entire lives, but it was not originally so.
This holiday started as a day to reflect upon the heroism of those who died in our country’s service in World War I, and was originally called Armistice Day—in honor of the official signing of the Armistice that ended “The War to End all Wars,” at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. In 1954, it was changed to Veterans Day to account for all veterans, in all wars.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has declared “honor” as the theme for the celebrations this year. Honor reflects the military value and tradition of answering the call to duty.
My family and I honor all those across this great land who have served our country, and ask that you will, as well.
Who can you reach out today to a friend, neighbor, or family member who has served? Let them know that today you are grateful for them and their service to the country.
Aging mindfully and gracefully involves embracing the law of impermanence. Each thought, emotion, and sensation can be a portal to all kinds of new discoveries.
—Calm App Reflection
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It’s funny the experiences we store in our memories.
One that stands out for me is getting my first-grade report card from Mrs. Gray. I received an “E” in work habits with the comment Barry is a nice boy but he needs to pay closer attention. Distractability seemed to follow me and other students—mostly boys—throughout grade school, until I applied to my dad’s alma mater, Central High School. I distinctly remember buckling down to be eventually accepted, which made my dad very proud.
At that time in my life, I realized being mindful and focused was a source of accomplishing the things I desired. What has been your experience of the passage of time?
To what degree have you embraced the law of impermanence over the years? How is the aging process and your mindfulness efforts opening new portals of discovery?
“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.”
—John Muir, 18th Century Scottish-American naturalist, author, environmental philosopher
Wendy, Ella, Barry, and Weston
For most of my life, my family has spent at least one week in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. It’s a place I experienced as an infant and camper — each summer until I was eleven — when the camp was purchased by a development company.
This year our daughter Rachel and her two children — Weston and Ella — came along.
Our week included plenty of swimming, walks, playground adventures and even a snake and animal farm.
Sharing the star-filled skies, hearing crickets chirping, and the sounds and smells of fresh air after a rainstorm are some of my happiest moments.
Where and when have you traveled dirt paths in your life?
Where and how can you bring even more of the natural world into your life?
“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”
—Nelson Mandela, late S. African political leader and philanthropist
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Last month Wendy and I had dinner with a long-lost friend — Mitchell, and his wife Terry. Mitchell and I were schoolmates from first grade through high school.
Although many of the stories we held from so long ago have not changed, we found great pleasure exploring how we have both grown and altered in pursuing our individual paths.
Our discussion reminded me of visiting my grade school and former teachers when I was a college freshman. I was amazed at how small the desks, hallways, and students were.
Select and read one of your favorite books from your youth. Note your thoughts, feelings, and emotions regarding how you have growth and altered into the person you are today.
“Always have old memories and young hopes.”
—Arsene Houssaye, 17th century French novelist
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We are moving. After 34 years in beautiful Michigan, we are moving back to our hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to be closer to family.
Recently, our two adult children — Daniel, 35, and Rachel, 33 — came to Wendy and my rescue for a week, helping us stage our home for sale. In the basement, we discovered tons of memories in the form of old toys, keepsakes, and virtually every homework assignment, report card, dance costume, and trophy they left behind.
Although a tear or two was shed reminiscing about the good times together, that week was filled with much youthful hope for the next phases of our lives.
Take some time this week to engage your family and friends in a trip down memory lane to rekindle some of your best times.
Open a dialogue about your individual and collective hopes for the future, which will provide you more happy times to reminisce over in the years ahead.