This morning greeted me with cloudy skies and sleepy eyes. A drip or two of rain on the window. A neighbor placing flags in his yard to honor the day. A lump in my throat, reminding me that later today, family will gather in a church to say farewell to a brother, a son, a friend.
The way I truly feel about today slowly dawns on me. Reflection on the family and the friends we lose shouldn’t be just about a day – September 11. I appreciate the significance. We all need a “place” to put these feelings, and what better way than to set aside a day to mourn, to reflect, to be thankful for what we have. But the true feelings, the true significance, comes from our appreciation, reflection, and love of family, friends, and our country that also happens the other 364 days a year.
And while I will gather with family and friends to mourn the loss of a loved one, I will also remember that it’s not just about today, and it’s not just about loss. It’s about celebrating life. I will draw close those I love every day – and remember, appreciate, and be thankful for the gifts in my life.
Celebrate life today. Tell your loved ones how much you care. Love your family. Love your friends. Love your country.