By tjobson on Sep 10, 2001
For starters, let's just state that Sun's NYC offices were in two floors of the WTC, pre- 9/11/2001. The loss of life, friends, etc.. was absolutely devistating... However, my own personal losses that week, even beyond the WTC
are what I live with today.. and which will follow me the rest of my life. However, I'm intentionally leaving that personal pain.. abscent , but instead want to reflect on ...
IN MEMORY, UNITY, AND SUPPORT ....
I'd rather take this day, and reflect on the Caring, the Love, the sense of UNITY that this nation had during that time.. which today.. unfortunately is so far from this nation's current mindset. Bi-Partisan Politics and the Media has instead taken our minds and hearts and washed them of the past.. instead re-directing us to mudslinging and LA type police joyrides..
PLEASE JOIN ME IN REMEMBERING AND EXTENDING OUR LOVE TO THOSE THAT HAVE LOST SOMEONE OR HAVE EXPERIENCED TRAUMA DURING THAT TIME, OR THOSE EVENTS THAT HAVE FOLLOWED.
SEPT. 11 TO ME WILL NOT BE REMEMBERED JUST AS THE ONLY U.S. INVATION SINCE PEARL HARBOR, BUT INSTEAD FOR THIS NATION ACTING AS ONE UNIFIED BEACON OF FREEDOM ALONG WITH OUR PARTNER NATIONS THAT SHINE FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY ACCROSS THE GLOBE.
I CAN PERSONALLY RECALL SEEING EVERY CAR EVERYWHERE THAT I TRAVELED IN THE U.S.A. THAT YEAR.. PROUDLY FLYING AN AMERICAN FLAG !!!! and a RIBBON OF SUPPORT FOR OUR MILITARY FORCES !!!! Let us get back to that point in time of love and support of one another..
THE EVENTS THAT HAVE OCCURED WORLDWIDE SINCE 9/11/01 HAVE BEEN ASTONISHING AND WHAT ONLY HISTORY 100 YEARS FROM NOW WILL REFLECT ON AS A SIGNIFICANT UNIFICATION OF FREEDOM WORLDWIDE.. FROM THE GLOBAL WAR AGAINST TERROR TO THE MORE SIGNIFICANT BATTLE TO MAINTAIN FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY HERE AND ACCROSS THE GLOBE.
LET US EACH TAKE A MOMENT FROM OUR BUSY SCHEDULES TO HONOR THOSE IN NEED, AS WELL AS THOSE THAT WORK EVERY DAY TO HELP KEEP OUR NATION AND THE WORLD AS A WHOLE A SAFER AND MORE UNIFIED PLACE TO LIVE FREELY.
If you have any friends or family in any of our Nation's military arms or services, we commend them and salute every single person that helps protect our many freedoms, which makes all of this possible.
On one hand, we need to move forward, but most notably, we need to learn from the past and not forget the lessons that should be used as a reminder. Sure I'd personally like to put the past to rest, but for today .. the past is personal, and this day will never be a normal September day again, as long as I live.
This is a chapter that I'm personally trying to put to rest once and for all, but one that we all need to keep in the back of our minds as a reminder of what we are fighting for, and what the VALUE and COST of FREEDOM actually is. The future is so bright, so let us work TOGETHER to make all this possible.
FLYING on September 11, 2006
Today, as I did on Sept, 11 2002 .. I'm FLYING.. that's right... flying from NJ to SanFrancisco a day early for a work event .. intentionally. Personally I am demonstrating that this nation DOESN'T GIVE UP.. and DOESN'T LIE DOWN in the face of adversity ! This beautiful nation and our values are worth fighting for and standing up for. So today, I'm taking this early flight on principle. Yes, personally this might be one way of getting "back on the horse " that I so painfully had been run over by.. but in a larger sense.. it's a chapter that will be forever closed.. and at the same time forever CLOSE to my heart.. from this day on, til the day that I die.
(also.. feel safer today.. because if I do see any monkey business.. rest assured.. I'll have no problem putting an end to it promptly.. and dealing with it personally ! But more than likely.. this will be the quietest flight I've had in a while.. just like the one on 9/11/2002).
Unfortunately, Peace on Earth and Good Will to all.. will forever have a different connotation, but hopefully one now that will resonate with more heart and soul.. allowing us to more easily extend our love and thoughts to those in need.
Let's all join hearts and minds.. and share our love and thanks as far out as we need to reach today.. in memory and in giving thanks anywhere that it's due.
PS: I'll be in CA for most of the week.. so my normal schedule and response times might be a little later/longer than normal .. given the Pacific TZ (-3hrs from EST).
( Copyright 2006,2007 Todd A. Jobson )
\*Note: These views are those solely of Todd Jobson, not Sun Microsytems\*