I have to admit that I wasn't sure how to acknowledge 9/11. I didn't know what to do: I will never forget but I find it very hard to relive. I didn't want to watch the memorial service and I didn't want to watch the recap videos online. But I didn't want to be disrespectful either -- I need to give the day its due time.
I'm not sure how it happened actually, but later in the afternoon I stumbled upon this video and was just drawn to it. I had been avoiding all the 9/11 content all day, but couldn't help but click on this one from a friend on Facebook.
It's a short film created by a 16 year old boy who lost his Dad on 9/11. 88 and Sunny. Broke my heart. And although he's doing "ok", there's not a moment in a day that he doesn't think about his Dad. I couldn't help but marvel at the lunch I had just had with my son, and how similar these two boys are. I wish him well and know that he's going to make his Dad proud.
There was a reason I was drawn to this one video. There was a reason why I needed to see it.
9/11 is such a sad day in our history ... in our own personal history. I know now that having lunch with my son is the best way to acknowledge it. Something I plan to repeat often.
What's your experience? Jim.
President of Lippe Taylor
Author of The Experience Effect