This past Thursday marked the 13th anniversary of September 11, 2001. Every year since the tragedy, cities around the country and worldwide have gathered to mourn, remember and reflect.
On the 10th anniversary I was approached to do a keynote speech at Ball State University—one of only two appearances I would ever make in the years following my survival.
Many have asked why I have chosen not to attend the yearly memorial services. I wholeheartedly believe that since one’s own adversity is no more or less significant than any other, we have the right to grieve in our own way, on our own time and in our own space.
Throughout the years of remembrance I have been blessed with receiving heartfelt messages of healing from friends, co-workers, even strangers. But none of the messages are read, as I have made the conscious decision since the first year anniversary, to turn off all electronic and verbal communication until nightfall. Doing this has never brought me to a place that forces me to painfully relive that day. It is through stillness that I can experience the joyful memories of those who have so tragically perished, and to also bring forth mindfulness in the present moment; in the person I am today.
There are many thoughts I’ve shared since appearing on various TV and radio networks, one of which is my life’s work to devote my life to positive change. In this interview on The List Show, I describe the importance of moving forward, but cherishing all that we experience in life. A big thank you to my friend and The List Show reporter Dan Corcoran for continuing to share my message of hope and perseverance.