This blog was posted a few months ago. I am posting it again given the fact that the past week many in North America looked back at the past 10 years—remembering what happened that day on September 11, 2001. The day has come and gone. We cannot change it. But like the firefighters in my blog, we can choose what we want to do when tragedy strikes. Hope its a reminder to you not just of 911 but life in general
It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
In the inbox of my email, I get two kinds of emails: those that excite me and those that mean I have to work hard at staying positive. I can see you read this and remember the time when you felt the same not so long ago!
In my mail I get to read about more positives than negatives and it inspires me. So let me share with you a story of what happened in New York City almost 10 years ago, in the month of November.
There were a number of firefighters hard at work—not fighting fire, but fighting back tears and failing completely. Big men crying…..sobbing uncontrollably, because they lost their best friends. Their buddies for life were gone forever. Killed when the World Trade Center collapsed on them while they were bravely trying to save victims of the 911 terror attack in New York City
However, these brave men did something. They worked long shifts and then did not go to bed. Instead the laced up their running shoes and trained for a marathon. They were not runners before 911. But they discovered that some of their friends entered the New York City marathon that takes place every November. These friends were now dead. So, to honor their legacy the firefighters decided to run in the place of their dead friends -even though they previously thought that running is something you do only when a building is on fire.
Some were seen at 3 AM in Central Park, putting in the miles, getting ready for the ultimate run of 26.2 miles through the 5 suburbs on New York.
They did it—they completed the 26.2 miles by crossing the finish line by the famous Tavern on the Green restaurant in Central Park. They did it to honor their friends.
They did not do it for themselves. They did not try to help themselves. They did it for their friends and the families who were left behind. In fact, they gave the finisher medals to widows as reminders of what happens when we live life by example.
I hope this story inspires you not to run necessarily, but to decide that you will sincerely try to help others without helping yourself. Become a giver. Sow a seed. One way to start is to “get it”
By that I mean get the idea that your life matters and if you strongly believe that you will make sure you live it by example. You, your family and your community will be blessed if you decide it is important to live by example. Go ahead….just do it.