I couldn’t believe what people were saying. As a college student I was just about to exit a class meeting when I was told that we had been attacked. I went down to my SGA office where dozens of fellow students were gathered around a television watching the whole tragedy unfold. I watched as the second plane flew into the second tower. Eventually I watched them fall to the ground. As I look back, it was as time stopped for those of us watching the news. For hours there simply wasn’t anything that important going on, because of what had happened in New York, Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon.
Later that day my truck was hit by a careless, uninsured driver in the parking lot of the school where I taught P.E.. Again, it just wasn’t a big deal that day – because that day thousands of families lost more than a few bucks on an old truck – they lost what was important: family, friends, colleagues.
Today, September 11, 2006 – I am reminded of what is important: family, loved ones, relationships, people, souls. May our lives never need a tragedy like 911 in order to find what is important in life.