Monday, August 21, 2006

"I Have Learned"

I've spent some time this afternoon learning about the young man that I am writing a tribute to on the fifth anniversary of 9/11...  I almost wish I had not signed up to do this, for the simple reason that I do not feel worthy of writing a tribute to a victim of this horrific act of hatred when I know nothing about this person.  I'm finding out, though, that by searching for understanding, one can usually gain a new perspective... and I have.

I will save much of my writing for the tribute entry, which I will write on September 11th.  For today though, I wish to share with you an essay I found on a website.  The essay is titled, "I Have Learned".  It was written by Mark Gregory Adams, shortly after the attacks.  It has many poignant thoughts which touched me deeply and I think it will touch you as well.  Make sure you read the author's note at the end, which is just as moving.

Here's the link:

http://www.craftonreunion.org/home/id20.html

If you yourself are interested in taking part in this tribute, please click the 2996 link in my About Me section.  It will take you where you need to go.  It is hoped that all victims of 9/11 will be given a tribute, and as of August 19th, there are 996 victims left to be assigned to a journaler/blogger. 

 

Excerpt from the author's note:

 

"I invite you to make a commitment to yourself and the world that you live in, by making a real effort at giving of yourself. Go spend quality time with someone you love, but have been neglecting. Go volunteer your time toward a cause that you believe in, but have never taken the time to actually commit to. I invite you to step outside of your comfort zone, make a concerted effort toward standing behind your convictions... and make a difference.

It will be noticed."
 
 
 
 

6 comments:

am4039 said...

I'm sure you will do a wonderful job on your tribute.

tendernoggle said...

I TOO HAVE SIGNED UP TO GIVE A TRIBUTE TO A "FALLEN HERO OF 911"...I BELIEVE ALL WERE HEREOS BECAUSE THEY LITTERLY GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THIS COUNTRY, JUST THE SAME AS ANY SERVICE PERSON.
I TOO FEEL UN-WORTHY OF SUCH A TASK BUT WILL DO MY BEST FOR THIS PERSON...SHE DESERVES THIS ...
LOVE YA,
CARLENE

debbiewebb4465 said...

Well done Michelle on taking on this task. You are to be admired and I wish you lots of luck. I read the tribute written by Mark Gregory Adams and it was very moving. Thanks for the link.
hugs Debbie ~xxxx~
http://journals.aol.com/debbiewebb4465/TheLifeTimesofanEssexGirl

nhd106 said...

Am enjoying your journal....and as for the 9/11 tribute, I will be doing it as well.   It's incredible what we learn about just ONE person thru this research.  And please do not think you shouldn't be doing this...you absolutely should.  Be proud of your commitment....it's a beautiful thing!

Nancy

lisa41076 said...

Michelle, what a nice journl entry ! Enjoy the rest of your week, Hugs Lisa

bgilmore725 said...

I look forward to your tribute entry, Michelle. Bea