Where were you…

11 Sep

As today marks the 11th anniversary of the attacks of 9/11, I sit at my same desk that I did 11 years ago and reflect back on that Tuesday 11 years ago.  The world was left with so much uncertainty that day.  The realization that life could change in a matter of seconds became so real. 

A few weeks ago, Rabbi spoke about the most impactable events from his early years, his top 3 were:  John Lennon’s death, JFK’s assassination and Neil Armstrong walking on the moon.  Not all tragic, one was remarkable in fact.  As I listened to Rabbi that night, I begain to think about what were some of the most impactable events that have occured in my lifetime thus far, and here are a few that I came up with:

  • The attacks on 9/11/01
  • Space Shuttle Challenger disaster on 1/28/86
  • Oklahoma City Bombing 4/19/95
  • Columbine Shooting on 4/20/99
  • Virginia Tech Massacre on 4/16/07
  • Hurricane Katrina on 8/23/05 – 8/30/05
  • Death of Princess Diana on 8/31/97
  • Barack Obama being elected 11/4/08
  • Internet being brought into the homes via dialup
  • …and alas one of the most memorable events in my life personaly was the death of my mom on 3/4/10

While most of the above are “tragic” events, there have been positive events in my lifetime, unfortunatley, our minds revert to focusing and remembering the tragic events more vividly… unless of course you are married or a parent, and then events such as your wedding or the birth of your child are probably on the top of your memorable moments list. 

As I drove into work this morning, I listened to the following song, several times…

“Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)” by Alan Jackson

Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day?
Were you in the yard with your wife and children
Or working on some stage in L.A.?
Did you stand there in shock at the sight of that black smoke
Risin’ against that blue sky?
Did you shout out in anger, in fear for your neighbor
Or did you just sit down and cry?

Did you weep for the children who lost their dear loved ones
And pray for the ones who don’t know?
Did you rejoice for the people who walked from the rubble
And sob for the ones left below?
Did you burst out with pride for the red, white and blue
And the heroes who died just doin’ what they do?
Did you look up to heaven for some kind of answer
And look at yourself and what really matters?

[Chorus:]
I’m just a singer of simple songs
I’m not a real political man
I watch CNN but I’m not sure I can tell
You the difference in Iraq and Iran
But I know Jesus and I talk to God
And I remember this from when I was young
Faith, hope and love are some good things He gave us
And the greatest is love

Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day?
Were you teaching a class full of innocent children
Or driving down some cold interstate?
Did you feel guilty ’cause you’re a survivor
In a crowded room did you feel alone?
Did you call up your mother and tell her you loved her?
Did you dust off that Bible at home?

Did you open your eyes, hope it never happened
Close your eyes and not go to sleep?
Did you notice the sunset the first time in ages
Or speak to some stranger on the street?
Did you lay down at night and think of tomorrow
Or go out and buy you a gun?
Did you turn off that violent old movie you’re watchin’
And turn on “I Love Lucy” reruns?

Did you go to a church and hold hands with some strangers
Did you stand in line and give your own blood?
Did you just stay home and cling tight to your family
Thank God you had somebody to love?

[Chorus x2]

And the greatest is love.
And the greatest is love.

Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day?

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