Today is a day of remembering, reflecting, and honoring and part of that process involves many asking the question:
Where were you then?
Do you remember where you were? What you were doing?
I was living in Richmond, VA, attending Virginia Commonwealth University as a grad school student and that day I was on my way to class.
I distinctly remember seeing the images on the TV before leaving my apartment. I took the dogs for a walk, fed them, and prepared my backpack for the walk to class and in the background the TV volume was down, showing images of the first tower after being hit. By the time I arrived at school, both towers had been hit and the first had fallen. As I entered the building, TVs from the lounge had been brought out into the halls where people had gathered in shock and sadness.
It then hit me that this was really happening; time and motion became surreal in that instant.
Today I am in Maryland, on Facebook which did not exist at that time and writing this article of reflection and remembrance.
My initial question while intended to mean exactly what I was asking has an additional meaning that I am alluding to… Where were you mentally, emotionally, and spiritually?
I ask because prior to 9-11 masses of us were numb to anything other than our own issues, problems, concerns, pursuits, and baggage. We strutted, drove, and went about our daily routines in a very zombie like fashion and then it shifted!
We woke up!
We elevated to a place of service, compassion, freedom, justice, rebirth and renewal!
Where are we now?
Have we slipped back into our half sleep half drunken stupor of me, me, me, mine, mine, mine or are we all for one and one for all?
Are we driven by vengeance and hatred, fueled by a xenophobic paradigm or are we awakened enough to see that we are all one regardless of religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, color, place of birth?
Where were you then mentally, emotionally, and spiritually?
Where are you now?
If we as individuals do not take the responsibility to look into our own minds and hearts and change, then those 2,996 lightworkers who transitioned on that day, did so in vain. Which I know is not possible; I know that change is happening!
We are evolving, waking up, and remembering! And the evidence is everywhere!
Have you ever seen the ABC show “What would you do?” hosted by John Quinones
Watch this clip and ask what would you do?
And then ask yourself again, where were you? And where are you now?
Remembering and honoring