Don’t worry because I have heard that it is for the purpose of “friendship” and not politics or diplomacy, whatever that means. Meanwhile it’s my kids first day of school tomorrow and I can still hear them tossing and turning and making noise at 11:05pm when they have to catch the bus for their first day of school after summer vacation at 7:00am. I am up drinking coffee and perusing social media sites while the world tries to figure out what to do about 1100+ men, women and children killed with deadly nerve gas in Syria. Coincidentally, earlier in the week someone complained to my coworker that they felt suicidal because they lost their wallet. On another hand, I know an elderly person who wakes up just about every day to do volunteer work with a fractured spine that is too delicate to operate on yet I also know others half as old, who have called it quits and packed up on days where they find that they have a slow Wi-Fi connection. I myself have called out sick for being “tired” on occasion when I know someone else who chooses to show up to work daily with a chronic illness that I can hardly imagine what it is like to have.
In the old days our parents or grandparents used to tell us to eat our food because “millions of children are starving in China, (or Africa, etc.)” Somehow we have gotten away from that realization even though decisively more children are starving now than were back in our parent’s time. Interestingly, it is not uncommon to hear a child of today complain that they won’t eat the hot dogs we just cooked them because they are Shop Rite brand which we got on sale and not Sabrett’s or they won’t eat the chips we bought them because we forgot to get Cool Ranch flavored or they won’t wear the sneakers we bought them because there not Nike’s.
Think for a second about your “important forms” file wherever you keep it. We all have those vital documents and letters that we probably only even look at every few years just when we need them, yet when we need one and its gone, we’ll tear apart the house looking for it. For example, it is commonplace at my place of work for someone to call incessantly the day before a court date or other event saying “I gotta have that form faxed over today, its life or death!” In addition, big businesses and powerful corporations and other power players seal multi-million dollar agreements on forms and letters then store them in big important buildings in big cities, in big locked file rooms for safe keeping. Yet on September 11, 2001 when the World Trade Center buildings were suddenly and tragically destroyed, millions of those indispensable forms and papers were blown all over the streets of New York City like leaves blown off a tree in a windstorm. Yet somehow the world went on while many of these once urgent “life or death” forms and documents lay in the gutter stepped over like common trash and no one gave them a second thought.
When a private unexpected tragedy strikes an individual or family it is much like a “personal 9/11” event for those directly affected. Suddenly the bills that were stressed over, the home repairs that may have been neglected, and the unsettled arguments with others that were once obsessed over, instantly become meaningless like those once critical forms and papers that were turned to garbage in the blink of an eye on 9/11. Depending upon the incident, it can take a long time to restore even a semblance of normalcy and in many cases, dependent upon the circumstances of one’s “personal 9/11” things will never be the same again for an entire lifetime for those directly involved.
This blog entry is not about politics, nor is it statement about changing the world itself. Instead, the message is simple and cliché, yet so often forgotten when we get caught up in the whirlwind that is life in today’s ever changing, fast paced world. Keep things in perspective. Unfortunately if you do not remember that on a daily basis, life will eventually remind you. For all of you who may be reading this who may be going through a personal 9/11 event or know someone else who is, my heart goes out to you as I hope for you to maintain the strength to endure during your difficult time.