Warning: This post is not at all PF related, so if that’s all you’re here for, tune back in on Friday. 🙂
September 11 used to be just any other day. Now, it’s the day we remember back to the first time September 11 became memorable: September 11, 2001, the day when so many American’s lost their lives, and so many more lost family members and friends.
Some good did come out of the day: while we felt sorrow for those lost, we became more thankful for our safety and that of our family, and we became closer as a nation. We cared for our neighbors and we became more thoughtful. We finally were again, “One nation under God” and I’d argue we were more proud to say, “I am an American” than any other time in recent history. Every where you went people were flying the American flag everyday. Most of the homes and businesses on every block in every town across our nation was flying our flag high. Time slowed down, for a while at least.
What’s happened since that fateful day is sad. We’ve slowly lost that gratitude and pride. We’ve stopped being proud and stopped flying the flag except for on holidays and special occasions. When we drive through our towns there are more homes and businesses without a flag flying than with a flag flying. We’ve become lazy about showing our Americanism.
Are we truly less proud to be American than we were right after the attacks on September 11, 2001? I think not. Instead we’ve forgotten what it feels like to show it.
I’m not less guilty than the rest of our nation, I get in a hurry and I don’t fly my flag. I take each day with my family and friends for granted. I’m always rushing to get ahead in life and get to the next thing: the weekend, the holiday, the day off, the vacation, etc. I’m not living in the moment and I’m not grateful for what I’ve been given: life, love, and the pursuit of happiness.
On this day of all days, I pledge to slow down. I will try to enjoy my days and be thankful for my freedoms without forgetting those who’ve lost their lives to give freedom to me.
Hopefully it will not take another tragedy like September 11 to help all of us remember our Americanism and what it feels like to be “One nation under God” again.
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