This week we remember. We remember the tragedy of 9/11/01 and all of the feelings we felt on that day and the days after. We remember those who lost their lives and those who worked so vigilantly to rescue the wounded. We remember the tears, the fears, the uncertainty; we remember how we all came together to comfort one another and united as a nation.

I also ask that you remember our brothers and sisters, who live in different parts of the world. They too have suffered terrible tragedies in their countries and they need our support and prayers to help them through their struggles.

Remember all who have gone before us. Their bodies may have left this earth, but their spirits will remain with us for as long as we live. Remember the gifts they gave to us - hope, love, inspiration, laughter, kindness, and courage. If their lives have taught us anything, it is that life is short, too short. We must make the best of everyday.

I am one who looks to what today and tomorrow can bring with an optimistic outlook. I know this week will bring back memories and many feelings that may have been suppressed. Remember, we will get through this.

Consider being a little kinder than normal to all you meet. Look for the goodness in this world because there is a lot of it. So often we are bombarded with the bad news, the negative aspects of the world. Why not look for the good too? You will find it in every city, every state/province, every country of the world.

Even though we might look different, dress different, speak a different language, we are all the same. We are humanity. It is up to us to decide how we look at things; positive or negatively. It is up to us to make a difference in this world, not somebody else. All of us can do our part. Please remember this.

I will remember all of you this week, those of the past and present. I will remember you with love in my heart because you are my brothers and my sisters.

Remember, it's important to remember; to grieve and to move on with hope, not hate. Remember the person you always wanted to be and be that person, today.


Copyright © 2002 Marlene Blaszczyk