For me, what makes me most sad when I think about September 11th is not just the loss of life, but the long term effect it’s had on our country. In the days and weeks initially after the attack, we as a country came together, unified as one people, a deep sense of connection to one another evident in every aspect of life.
However, in the past decade, we’ve replaced this deep sense of connection to one another with a fear and dislike for anyone that may hold beliefs that differ from our own. No longer are we able to respectfully debate our beliefs for the benefit of understanding another. Healthy debate has crumbled to finger pointing, name calling and isolating ourselves so that we’re surrounded by only those that think like we do.
Dr. Brene Brown discusses this divide in her book, Braving The Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone. I find her words highly inspiring and motivating as they provide me with a framework and guideposts to understand both the why and how I can reestablish connection with the people I come in contact with.
For me, this is the true spirit of honoring all those people who lost their lives on this tragic day in history! We will never forget!
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Brown, Brene Dr. Braving the Wilderness The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone. New York: Random House LLC, 2017. Print.