It’s September 11th. Seventeen years ago I was twelve when my dad was driving me to school. He was trying to chat my way out of my pre-teen morning grump with a joke when he paused.
“Turn up the radio,” he said.
I had no idea why he got so serious, so quickly.
I still remember what intersection we were at and I absorbed his somber energy.
I remember watching news footage over and over and over again that day.
I remember not understanding the severity of the day, but knowing that this horrific attack would influence us as a generation, as a world, forever.
Seventeen years of national grief.
This year, that same news footage has me thinking. Anniversaries of the death of loved ones are hard enough. I can’t imagine how it feels to have it being played out on t.v. on repeat.
I’m sad for those who lost loved ones that day. I’m sad for those still healing.
I remember and now, perhaps worse, I’m beginning to understand.
The gut wrenching feeling of loss. It sucks you into a hole and drags you into the darkness. All those clips of buildings crumbling, people falling, smoke consuming those who were trying to run away. Trauma lingers on the news, in our nation, seeping into our hearts.
Go hug your loved ones – our time is short – make lists of beautiful things.
Here are #46 – in the Resistance of a Different Kind movement. Can you help us get to 1,000?
#46 and # 47 – 2 beautiful daughters – one for each
#48 A loving husband
#49 A roof over my head
#50 God who surrounds me with love each day
#46 – 50 Contributed by Elizabeth Timpe
#51 Silence after a long day
#52 My cat curling up in my lap and purring
#53 Having random moments of appreciation towards life
#54 Long sleep
#51 – 55 Contributed by @lemonzandtea
#57 fall colors
#58 crisp, cool air
#59 bike rides
#61 football games
#63 puppy breath & just puppies
#64 date night
#65 transitions (positively looking at change, trying to admire learning experiences & acknowledge the growth- easier said than done)
#56 – 65 Contributed by Donell Betts
#66 Buying a ticket to see a musical which is one of my most dear pleasures in all the world
#67 Calling my mom whenever I want and knowing she will listen to everything I have to say
#68 Feeling okay enough every day to do one thing to further my goals.
#69 Watering my plants and watching them grow. And talking to them until I feel more than a little crazy
#70 Sleeping until I wake up (on the weekends)
#71 Planning outfits for fall.
#72 Having good health and choosing to respect it.
#73 Cooking dinner for my friends.
#74 Writing my truth and sharing it with others.
#75 California avocados. I grew up in the Midwest, you know what I mean.
#66 – 75 Contributed by Meg Schmidt,
Writer and Executive Producer of Hello Humans
#76 Smelling something in the oven
#77 The first signs of fall
#78 Knowing a poem by heart
#79 Aspen trees
#80 Buttered toast
#81 Church bells ringing in the distance
#82 Freshly washed sheets
#83 Staying home when it rains
#84 Handwritten recipes
#85 Taking a step
#76 – 85 Contributed by Zoë Trout
#86 warm summer nights with fireflies in the trees
#87 sharing a spot on the front porch with a friend during a thunderstorm
#88 a warm fuzzy blanket
#89 being silly
#90 singing in the car at the top of my lungs
#91 a shared smile with a dear loved-one
#93 a new pen to write with
#95 looking someone in the eye saying “don’t change a thing” … and meaning it
#86 – 95 Contributed by Carri Adcock
#96 We just jammed to Bohemian Rhapsody as a family in the car
#96 Contributed by Heather Anderson
When you’re ready to contribute your list, send me an email or leave a comment of your 5-10 beautiful things. Details about this movement are here – I can’t do it without you.