Sunday, September 11, 2011

Day 588: Not The Way I Like To Remember

I've kind of been dreading today.  Because I knew that THEY would have us commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11 by dredging up all the horrible awfulness that was that day.  As if reshowing the images and footage and the tragedy is the best way to deal with what happened 10 years after the fact.

I don't mean to be disrespectful, but I disagree.  I was pondering a better way to honor those who died and those who sacrificed so much on that day as I made dinner tonight.  And I decided that, in my opinion, we should commemorate the day by returning to that feeling of union and brotherly love that came about in the aftermath.  The patriotism and the concern for our fellowman, you know?

So, that's what I'm going to do.  I'm not sure how to go about it yet, but from now on, I want to organize a service project that gets us out into the community.  I want to involve everyone regardless of race, religion, or whatever and do something good in our community.  Something to remind us of that whole "united we stand" business.

Anyway, sorry for the rant.

Moving onto Joyful Moments.  The first was when I woke up this morning and realized that I'd slept better than I have in several several weeks.  This was especially appreciated because I have been battling a painful cold the last few days.

And then came a Joyful Moment of seeing my good friend in her new cowboy boots.  She won them from a contest over at Pioneer Woman's website.  They're amazing.  And she looked fabulous in them.  And really really happy to be wearing them.  Which was what made it a Joyful Moment for me.

It's good to see one's friends being happy.

And my final Joyful Moment was making peace with some unpleasant feelings I've been harboring for the last little while.  Peace knocking out unpleasantness is pretty much a natural Joyful Moment.

Wishing you all a day of peace with a few great Joyful Moments in between!


Linda said...

I thought about you and that phone call you made to me 10 years ago. And I have been thinking that we need to remembe those feelings of patriotism more. Have you watched the show that the Mormon Tab Choir did with Tom Brokaw for today? We thought it was a great way to remember. My joy today may have been my unexpected phone call from my dear friend, Ann.

Ashley and Drue said...

I completely agree with you about the commemorations for 9/11? Drue and I had a big talk about this- it seems the easiest way to "never forget" is to re-play it over and over and over. Which IS a way to "never forget" but it's also a way to "never heal". I love your idea to bring together a community- I'm in for next year (assuming we're still here, of course!)
Also, HOORAY for making your blog. I truly feel like my time has come:)
and it's all because of you...

Cheryl said...

Mom--I thought about that phone call, too. As always, it brought tears to my eyes. We didn't watch anything yesterday, but that does sound like a great show. And next time you talk to Ann, tell her Hi from me! Love you!

Ashley--Well, it has. And you're welcome.

gus said...

Cheryl, I so totally agree with your suggestion! Seems like the event should have united us as a country. Instead we were told to go shopping and then pushed into a war that only created more terrorists. In the aftermath it seems like we're at war with each other these days. Sad.

Cheryl said...

Gus, you're welcome to join me next year! (c:

Linda said...

You can access it on byutv, I think. It's titled "9/11: Rising Above" which is also a good title for what you plan to. Thanks!