September 11, 2001 was easily the scariest day of my life. I was a senior at NYU and I was living a few blocks away from the World Trade Center. I witnessed the plane crashes and the buildings falling firsthand. Last year, for the first time, I wrote a detailed account of all I went through that day. You can read that here.
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I ended that post with this:
Time has a way of erasing much of the sting of those memories though. And now, as I look back, I remember moments of panic and moments of relief. But the tension of the day, the horror, the pain, the uncertainty…much of it is gone now and is replaced by a general feeling of dread when I think back to all that I went through. But that doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten. I’ll never forget what we endured and all the lives that were lost and how that day changed the world forever. But I’ll also never forget that, for weeks after, people were kinder. Flags were everywhere. There was a feeling of solidarity amongst Americans and especially amongst New Yorkers. And it’s that feeling that I choose to hold on to thirteen years later.
In 2009 Congress declared September 11 a National Day of Service and Remembrance. The hope is that, “on the anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Americans will unite in service in the same remarkable way that so many came together following the attacks”.
I know how hard it is to take a day and devote it to service. So this year, in honor of September 11th, I’m asking you to do something kind today to honor the victims and the first responders on September 11th. Let’s fill the country with kind actions and bring back the solidarity we felt after September 11, 2001. Let someone go ahead of you in line. Leave your waiter, waitress, or barista a big tip. Bake cookies for your office. Donate money to your favorite charity. Genuinely compliment 10 people. Give blood. Bring someone flowers. United we serve.
To help your journey along and encourage others to do something kind in honor of 9/11 my friend Kylie created two gorgeous FREE printables for you to share and hang. If you love her work as much as I do, check out her website here to see how you can work with her. She writes, knows tons about social media and can help you grow your green business.
To print, click on the image. It will take you to a PDF file and you can print from there.
Once you’ve done your good deed, please come back and tell me about it in the comments or Tweet me about it. Use the hashtag #DoSomethingKind911.