2,996 souls lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Not a single one knew that they would die that day. Each of them were living their lives planning on tomorrow to come.
They left their laundry in piles, their pets waiting for them, their children looking forward to seeing them that evening, and their partners kissing them good bye for the last time and none of them knew it would be their last farewell.
I can’t imagine it.
As a newly wed coming fresh off of a friend’s wedding weekend, I’m on a natural high from love and whole-heartedly believe in the saying, Omnia vincit Amor; love conquers all.
I remember reading an article after the attack in Paris and one of the victims husbands said that he wouldn’t let terrorists take away his love for her because of their desire to cultivate a culture of fear.
That quote triggered a similar quote from one of the pilot’s wives of Flight 93, she said, “If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.” Her name was Sandy Dahl, she was married to Jason Dahl.
Imagining a world full of hate creates a foundation for a culture dominated by fear. The strong and resilient country we share is one that doesn’t let fear take away our spirit nor our love. And while I can’t speak for anyone other than myself, I believe our country is full of love and when compassion is fueled by love, it conquers all.