I couldn’t have imagined 24 hours ago how much of my day would be spent deeply contemplating how much the world has changed since 9/11 and rightful and permanent mark those events have left on our country. I started the day reaching out to a friend that had lost family members on the plane which struck the Pentagon, I just wanted to let her know that I was thinking about her on this day. I also thought of a friend who is taking a final reenlistment exam today of all days for the Colorado Air National Guard, so I called him, wished him luck, and thanked him for his willingness to serve our country again.
I reflected on all of this as I prepared for my daily podcast and the program took on a very different direction, less about how to build a successful business and more about how to value and invest our precious time. I thought about so many who had their futures taken away and how blessed we are to have another day to make a difference in the world. I talked about getting clear on your purpose, setting your objectives down on paper, attracting the resources you need to fulfill your plan, adopting daily disciplines, measuring results, making adjustments, and persevering until the objective has been met. So much as a result thinking of the precious lives that were lost.
You can listen to the recording here: The Internet Business Blueprint Podcast for 9/11
As I made the rounds on Twitter and Facebook, I realized that so many of my friends where also thinking deeply about the eighth anniversary of that very sad day. I read an amazing peace on Mashable titled “Remembering 9/11 Through Social Media” and this excellent blog post caused me to think about what it would have been like to have Twitter on that day. I think of all of the “heard it first on Twitter” moments I have experienced the last few months, from the death of Michael Jackson to events of the Presidential election, Twitter often trumped the mainstream news media. I often know exactly what my friends are doing at any given moment in real time. In some ways I have to say I am glad Twitter wasn’t an option, but then I think about the families of those lost and perhaps an opportunity for the victims to send a quick note to their loved ones.
I guess the great lesson for me on reflection of today centers on the truth that we can best honor the memories of those lost, by living our lives in such a way to cherish every moment, strive to be the best people we can be and seek to serve to improve the loves of others as servant leaders. My heart goes out to those who lost a loved one on 9/11 and I honor their collective legacy by vowing to cherish my precious time and a hope for the future that was taken away from each person lost.
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