I woke up on the 9th anniversary of September 11th, to the sound of someone playing a ride cymbal, on our roof.
Once I was more fully awake, my brain was able to correctly identify the sound. It was actually falling rain. It sounded so rhythmic to me; it caught my waking-mind by surprise.
Then I remembered that it was September 11th.
Instantly, the lyrics to Stevie Ray Vaughan’s soul-filled, blues-y song, ‘The Sky is Crying‘, entered my mind.
‘The sky is cryin’, can’t you see the tears roll down the street,
The sky is cryin’, can’t you see the tears roll down the street…’
It seemed fitting that the sky was crying.
I believe you’d be hard pressed to meet someone who doesn’t mark the anniversary of that date, as a significant one. The events of September 11, 2001 were instantly set in time, for all eternity.
Those old enough to remember, recall where they were when they first heard the news; just as many recall where they were when they heard John Lennon was shot or the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded.
Time can stand still.
The message I received, in a dream while sleeping that night, was crystal clear to me and I feel I was meant to share it with you, too.
The One Thing You Can Do, to Honor the Memory of Those Lost
There were between 3200 to 3500 victims of September 11th. Most died on that day; some continue to die, years after.
They include those attacked, first responders, firefighters, police personnel, janitors, streets and sanitation workers and Ground Zero clean-up workers who are no longer physically here with their family, friends and loved ones.
I heard a favorite quote, during my dream:
‘It’s better to make a mistake,
than to not take any action, at all.’
In other words, ‘You’re better off to do something, badly; than to do nothing, perfectly.’
The one way you can honor the memory of those lost on 9/11/01, or anyone who has crossed over, is to take action.
What kind of action?
Because you can.
Do one thing, today, to get you closer to whatever it is that you’ve wanted to do, been meaning to do or were hoping to do.
Because you can and they can’t.
Choose one item off your ‘Life’s To Do list’ and do it.
Do it now.
Do it today.
But do it.
Do it for them.
Because you can.
Taking Your First Step
If the task is too big to complete in one day, then take the first step.
If you want a closer relationship with your partner, friend, child, grandchild, etc. then do something, today, to make that happen.
Make plans with them to go for a walk, meet for tea or play a game of cards or catch. Either do it, or schedule it, today.
If you’re trying to connect with someone make your attempt sincere. Be sure to make your time with them an ‘electronics-free zone’. The quickest way to create an instant divide is to get interrupted or distracted by a call, a Tweet, an email, or the TV.
Give them your full interest and ask them to do the same. Explain that you’re looking for their undivided attention so you can connect, or re-connect, with them. I’m sure they’ll be flattered that you want them to be the center of your attention.
You aren’t going to learn a new language or earn a black belt in Tae Kwan Do, in one day. But, you can call and schedule or attend your first class, today.
Years of extra weight won’t fall off, in one day. However, you can choose to make better food choices and, or, take a 15 minute walk, today.
You get the idea, right? I could go on and on, giving you specific examples. But the message was clear and simple.
Just pick one thing and do one thing.
It’s as easy as that.
Because you can.
I can’t think of a better way to pay tribute and honor someone who no longer has that choice, can you?
I’d be honored if you’d share what your ‘pick one thing and do one thing’ was. Please respond, using the form below, to let me know.