I was at the fire station all day yesterday, so I didn’t get to post this on September 11, but here it is anyway.
There is a thing attached to every firefighter’s air tank called a PASS alarm. if a firefighter is motionless for 20 seconds, it chirps at them. If the firefighter doesn’t move, the PASS alarm begins to shriek. It is a high, wailing shriek that is instantly recognizable to anybody who’s heard it.
I was only 7 years old in 2001. I didn’t understand why the teachers were so upset. I didn’t understand why we were sent home from school, but on the evening news, I saw the footage of ground zero. I heard the 343 PASS alarms screaming in the distance. I knew that every one of those alarms was exactly like the one my dad wore. That is when the full weight of what had happened that day hit me.
"Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny."
"Let today be the day you finally release yourself from the imprisonment of past grudges and anger. Simplify your life. Let go of the poisonous past and live the abundantly beautiful present… today."
"Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get."
Never forget. Count your blessings, show thanks and gratitude to whomever and whatever you believe in, and allow others to do the same peacefully and respectfully.
I admire women who are effortlessly stylish, who laugh easily, who are genuinely kind, and who tell the truth about themselves.
"In the end I want it to be you."