*On September 11, 2001 our country came together in shock, anger, sadness and dismay around a cowardly act of terrorism against the United States of America where 2,977 men, women and children lost their lives. Republicans and Democrats, gay and straight people, majority and minority people, teenagers and adults, Catholics and Baptists, janitors and CEOs, and almost everyone else on opposing sides or standing in judgment of one another were together on one accord.
Ten years later, we’re back in position. The tabloids are posting the worst. Social media sites are full of negative messages about other people. Judgment is being passed around like the church plate. Whispers in the halls of workplaces are filled with gossip. The haves continue to find ways to distinguish themselves from the have nots. And politics are back to business in the usual cutthroat fashion.
I will never forget the tragedy of September 11th. Outside of another tragedy, what could we use to remind ourselves of the common human cause? Do we have to have more lives lost, more terrorists attacks, more acts of God to notice that we’re all in this together? We can coexist, authentically, together. My way is different, not better or worse. Your values are yours, not mine. Own your truth, respect other’s and let’s do what is best for the human cause.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we were evolved enough, as a people, to give love to, encourage, and accept people before tragedy strikes?
This week’s post is dedicated to those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, including my colleagues from my work at The TJX Companies, Christine Barbuto, Neilie Heffernan Casey, Tara Kathleen Creamer, Linda George, Lisa Fenn Gordenstein, Robin Kaplan, and Susan Mackay. It is also dedicated to the brave and courageous firefighters, police officers, medical workers and civilians to took action without thinking to save the lives of those that could be. My prayers continue to go out to their families and close friends who continue to miss their presence with us on earth.
Let’s not let our egos and insecurities let us lose sight of the human cause.
Live. Love. Laugh. And. . .serve.
Monica Cost is communications strategist, brand manager and respected corporate and motivational speaker. She is the President and Founder of Evidently Assured, a communications and brand management firm. Email her at: [email protected]. Follow her via Twitter: @monicacost and Facebook.com/monicahairstoncost.