My gosh this month is moving fast, don't you agree? Today is generally a solemn day across the country as we remember the lives lost, sacrificed, and forever changed because of the attack on September 11th, 2001. A friend of mine celebrates her birthday today and since 9/11, their has been a different tone. Of course she celebrates her birthday yet she pauses to pray and remember others too.
This is an important aspect of tragedy, it doesn't only affect one person, one family, or one community. Thousands of people lost their lives because of this attack. Thousands sacrificed time, and lives, to save and rescue thousands. There could be a dark pit in the heart of New York City but instead, the city and our nation rallied to transform it into a place of hope, healing, and light. It wasn't and isn't easy for those directly affected, I can't even imagine their pain.
I lost my sister to kidnapping almost twenty years ago and the pain and loss sometimes breaks my heart. To think of the people who lost one, two, or more loved ones can be overwhelming. How do they do it? Since I don't know them personally I can only make an assumption based on WHO and WHAT gets me through, especially on the tough days - God. You might say, "How can you e joyful or trust God?" I'm going to respond with another question, "How can we not?"
There is hope, healing, and a future after tragedy. Look at how our country rallied and continues to come together. In my small part of the world, I try to share the same qualities through my writing and speaking. Today my friend, Diane Estrella, shares a blog about Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey as a way of introducing others to this idea and possibility. My book isn't based on 9/11 yet it's shares One Sister's Journey after the loss of her only sister, Heidi M Allen, who remains missing today.
To read Diane's blog about me or Where's Heidi? - click on the photo of Diane or copy and paste this link: http://dianeestrella.com/wheres-heidi-one-sisters-journey-by-lisa-m-buske-and-other-interesting-tidbits/comment-page-1/#comment-48831
To visit Diane's site, click on the first photo of Diane's site header or copy and paste this link: http://dianeestrella.com/
Thank you Diane!
Elaine W. Miller
Writing with Buske